Even a gambling enterprise requires marketing, so the national lottery organization is setting up a special, fatter drawing for Sunday to honor San José, the patron of the capital.
The Bible does not say if San José, known in English as Saint Joseph, was a gambling man. But human nature being what it is, there is a good chance he put down a bet or two.
His feast day in Roman Catholicism is Saturday, and the special lottery drawing is Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Junta de Protection Social promised 1.5 billion colons in prizes, about $2.8 million. The top prize is 200 million colons or about $370,000. That’s a far cry from the top prize in the Christmas Gordo, but full sheets of lottery tickets, an entero, is just 12,000 colons, a bit less than $23.
There will be two top prizes, and the profits are distributed to charities and other non-profits. The Junta has been running national lotteries for 170 years.
The Día de San José is not a time for big celebration in Costa Rica, but there are celebrations and special foods in Italian culture.