Natalia Escudero Biography
Natalia Escudero is a Spanish TV reporter, she works for public broadcaster RTVE, started screaming on camera – before later learning she had won just €5,000 ($5,550; £4,285).
Natalia Escudero Christmas Lottery
The Christmas lottery’s top prize is €4m, but can be shared among winners.
Ms Escudero later apologised over the way she reacted during the broadcast.
She said she regretted behaving in such an “emotional” manner and wanted to explain her actions to viewers who “felt cheated”.
Escudero later apologised over the way she reacted during the broadcast. She said she regretted behaving in such an “emotional” manner and wanted to explain her actions to viewers who “felt cheated”.
Aquí la tienes: “la reportera de La 1” de la que habla todo el mundo a estas horas. ¡Se llama Natalia Escudero! #LoteríaRTVE
Escudero’s response came after she was accused of a lack of professionalism over the footage, which was widely shared on social media. It showed her jumping for joy while champagne was sprayed into the air as it was announced that the winning number for the top prize in the Christmas lottery known as El Gordo (The Fat One) was 26590.
Other lotteries around the world have bigger individual top prizes, but Spain’s is ranked as one of the richest in terms of total prize money involved.
The top-prize winning number – known as El Gordo (The Fat One) – was worth €400,000 (£335,000).
The winners won €20,000 (£17,000) for each euro spent on a €20 ticket.
Natalia Escudero Backlash on her Celebration
Viewers criticised her for giving the impression that she had won the maximum prize and for appearing to suggest that she was quitting her job, Spanish media reported.
Shortly after the initial broadcast, Ms Escudero reappeared on TV screens and made the gesture of zipping her lips.
Responding to criticism on Twitter, Ms Escudero said she had recently had a “difficult” few months “for personal reasons”, but that – in her 25 years working as a professional journalist – she continued to have a “clear conscience” and was proud of her “rigorous and proven work”.
“It is sad that Natalia Escudero is today [known as] the manipulative and lying journalist from RTVE,” she tweeted.
She apologised for any confusion caused, but said she was being honest about taking time off because “I am going on holiday”.