IT was the largest lottery in history, handing out over 2.3 billion euros.

But hardly any came to the south of Spain.

Indeed, the only Andalucia winners of the El Gordo lottery this year shared fifth prize in Jaen, as well as Malaga and Sevilla, although nobody was expected to pick up more than a few thousand euros.

The big prize, which went to ticket number 78,294 was shared out between a huge 1,950 people who each won 300,000 euros.

The majority of them were said to live in Madrid.

One of the winners, Rafael Lara, 24, a telephone shop worker originally from the Dominican Republic, said: “When I found out I’d won, I didn’t know how to react. I rang my mother and she can’t believe it. I still don’t know what I’ll do with the money”.