History of La Primitiva

La Primitiva boasts a first draw date from the late 1700’s which would make it the oldest running lottery game in the world. The name ‘La Primitiva’ actually translates into English as ‘The Primitive One’, a reference to the advanced age of this lottery. The modern version of the game was introduced in 1985.


How to play the lottery

How to Play La Primitiva

La Primitiva follows the standard 6/49 lottery format but includes a twist in its prize structure - namely, the Reintegro number. 

To play La Primitiva lottery players will select 6 numbers from a possible 49. During the lottery drawing the organisers will draw 8 numbers – 6 numbers plus a bonus ball (or “complimentary” ball). 

And in addition to this standard 6/49 format, an additional 8th number between 0 and 9 called the ‘Reintegro’ (or ‘refund’) number is also drawn. 

If a player matches all 6 of the winning numbers drawn plus the Reintegro number they win the top prize which includes the 1st prize value plus an additional sum. 

Please see the La Primitiva prize structure at the bottom of the page for more information on how the bonus ball and Reintegro number determine the prize tiers.

The Reintegro Number

To win the top prize in La Primitiva you need to match all 6 chosen numbers plus the assigned Reintegro number. 

The Reintegro number is not chosen by you, it is randomly assigned by the Spanish National Lottery organisers after your entry has been validated on their system. 

Please note: Your initial entry confirmation email will not contain your Reintegro number. Please allow up to 24 hours for receipt of your Reintegro number once the draw your ticket is entered into becomes the next available La Primitiva draw on our system. 

This is especially releveant if you have purchased tickets in advance for future draws as you will only receive the Reintegro number for each ticket once the draw it is entered into becomes the next available La Primitiva draw on our system.

Top La Primitiva Jackpots

La Primitiva draws start at €3 million and will continue to roll until the top prize is won. 

The biggest prizes won on La Primitiva include €25 million in 2005 and €26 million in 2007. The 2013 rollover run from March to August amounted to what is currently the biggest jackpot ever won on La Primitva - a whopping €66.6 million! 

Please note that from 2013 a government tax of 20% is levelled on all lottery winnings over €2,500.00.

How to play the lottery

When to Play La Primitiva

La Primitiva is drawn every Thursday and Saturday at 20:30 GMT. Draws are held at the 'Loterias y Apuestas del Estado' lottery draw studios (based in Madrid, Spain) throughout the week.

La Primitiva Prize Structure

Numbers Matched Prize Tier
6 balls + Reintegro number Jackpot
6 balls 1st
5 balls + Bonus 2nd
5 balls 3rd
4 balls 4th
3 balls 5th
Reintegro number 6th
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