Lotto liftCHILDREN and teachers from a small rural school are jumping for joy after bagging €300 million in the El Gordo Christmas lottery.

With just 140 pupils, secondary school students at Emilio Manzano in the Alpujarras can expect more than just new books when they return from the festive break.

Beginning as a way to raise money for a year 10 summer trip, the school in Laujar de Andarax sold almost 800 tickets.

Headteacher Maria Villegas said ‘the money will change the school and the pupils lives’.

“We were sorting out Christmas grades and suddenly we got this surprise,” she said.

“Parents are coming here in tears.”

She added: “This part of the Alpujarras has been so badly affected by unemployment and the crisis, so this is really going to help the village bounce back.”

Plans for a trip to Italy have now been shelved with pupils urging their teachers to fly them to Miami.


  1. If this figure is true it could totally transform that part of the Alpujarras but when you hear what the students want – a trip to Miami, you know they have learned nothing. Whenever the Spanish get their hands on lots of money they squander it, just like all the loot form Central and South America – sad.

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