With the numbers being pulled today in Spain’s annual Christmas lottery, El Gordo, it has been revealed that for the first time Catalunya has spent more than Madrid on Gordo tickets (article in Catalan, Avui). More than €442 million have been spent here buying tickets, making it the autonomous community with the biggest outlay on tickets for today’s big draw. However, despite this, the amount spent here this year is four percent less than in 2008. By the time of writing, various of the big prizes that had been ‘sung’ had been won in Catalunya, including number 77.607 which was sold in its entirety in the ‘lucky’ town of Sort (sort means luck in Catalan), and 29.013, which has been sold in part in a lottery-office in La Rambla, and won one of two fourth prizes worth €20,000 for each ticket bought (of €20).
The new Sagrera railway station, which will be the main hub for the high-speed AVE train in Barcelona, will be able to handle up to 100 million passengers a year when it opens in 2016 (article in Castilian, El Periodico). This means that the station will be twice as big as Sants station (45 million) and triple the number of Barcelona’s main El Prat airport (28 million). The Spanish Ministry of Public Works is to provide licences worth €677 millions for the works, which are due to start in spring 2010; additional licences will be issued for interior architecture and installations, although it is not yet known how much these will be worth.
Also in the news: Another poll on Catalan independence gives narrow victory to ‘no’ (El Periodico); Ex-mayor of Santa Coloma has bail set at €500,000 (La Vanguardia); Catalunya to face Argentina at Camp Nou this evening (Avui); No surprises as Leo Messi triumphs as FIFA World Player with biggest margin over second placed player (El Periodico)