Carmina, a retired teacher, was watching the lottery results on TV and believed she holds the winning ticket. However, she had actually seen a repeat of a previous year’s draw.
Rather than disappoint her, the people of Villaviciosa, Spain, made her believe she had indeed won the biggest prize. At the end of the film, when her son was about to tell her the truth, Carmina stopped him and said that she would prefer he and his family take the ticket.
Held every year on December 22, Spain’s Christmas lottery, that’s the year’s biggest one, known as “El Gordo” (the Fat One), brings the nation to a halt. Millions tune in to watch the live broadcast of the event, which lasts several hours and features students from Madrid’s San Ildefonso school singing out the winning numbers and prizes.