Why Spain's 'El Gordo' Lottery Made One Girl Cry

Nearly $3 billion handed out in world's biggest lottery.

— -- Spaniards are cashing in on nearly $3 billion after winners were announced for "El Gordo," the biggest lottery in the world.

Children sang the winning numbers today during a live announcement from Madrid's Royal Theatre, a tradition of the annual Christmas lottery.

With that much cash at stake, one girl was so anxious she was even brought to tears on stage -- but the crowd responded by clapping, urging her to go on.

"El Gordo" -- which translates to "the fat one" in Spanish -- has thousands of winners across the country, and no one person can win the entire jackpot.

Tickets cost between $23 and $25.

The country was glued to their TVs today as the awards were announced during a four-hour program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.