Christmas lottery rewards a few with millions of colons

The country’s voluntary tax on Innumeracy reached its climax Sunday when the baskets of the Junta de Protection Social emitted No. 67 of the series 615.

This was the annual Christmas lottery, called the gordo because the payoff is bigger than normal. Four tickets will each earn the colon equivalent of $2.4 million.

Each lottery ticket has 40 parts, and frequently neighbors or relatives chip in because a full lottery ticket cost 60,000 colons or about $120.

There are more than 100 lesser prizes. The top prize represents just 20 percent of what the Junta collected from bettors.

The Junta distributed some ¢5.5 billion colons or about $11 million to some 347 institutions and organizations.

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