UNEMPLOYED and elderly people are receiving free Christmas lottery tickets on the Costa del Sol.

The Yo Producto Andaluz association has given out 1,500 tickets for the El Gordo lottery with the number 11946 to people in a number of towns, including a soup kitchen in Benalmadena and a home for the elderly in Torremolinos.

If the group’s number wins, each participant would get a €20,000 payout.

The Spanish Christmas Lottery, or Loteria de Navidad, has been run every single year since 1812 and is now the biggest in the world.

It is due to be drawn on December 22.

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