Updated: Jun 25, 2020
In this episode I put gambling in Spain under the microscope. Yes, betting is big business and there LOTS of way to gamble in Spain. I look at the numerous lotteries, bingo culture and of course casinos. I also examine the surprising history behind the evolution of gambling in Spanish society during the Franco regime and beyond.
Did you know that Spain´s Lottery is the second oldest in world? Did you know that Spaniards bet a whopping 1.9 billion euros each year? And did you know that one of the most popular lotteries in Spain was set-up by General Franco to help people who had been blinded during the Civil War?
I´ll be looking at the numerous Lotteries, Bingo culture and of course Casinos and exploring the surprising history behind the evolution of gambling in Spanish society during the Franco regime and beyond.
I try to make sense of all the different lotteries as I head out into my neighbourhood in Madrid to buy my first ever lottery ticket. I chat to the seller for ONCE La Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (The National Organization for Spanish Blind People) who explains all the lottery ticket options available - and yes it was confusing!