You may be surprised to know that the quintessential Mexican game called Loteria has its origins in Europe and came to Mexico by way of Spain. The traditional Loteria originated in Italy, moved to Spain, and finally came to Mexico in 1769. In the beginning, Loteria was a hobby for the upper classes, but eventually, it became a tradition at Mexican fairs. During the 1930’s, the catholic church came up with their own version of La Loteria. The most commonly known version was invented by Frenchman Clemente Jaques in 1887, and copyrighted in 1913 by “Don Clemente Gallo”.
Being that this table game is so easy to play, you normally find the whole family playing this in a Mexican household, from Grandma to toddlers. Below are the rules of how to play. Once you get the hang of it you will find yourselves adding “rules” to it. You can play it during game night, turn it into a drinking game, or even a learning game, you can teach your adult friends new Spanish words or teach the kids. Give it a try these upcoming Holidays and make memories that will last a lifetime.
How to Play:
- Each player picks a board with randomly selected images from the deck.
- The Game Host yells the cards one by one.
- The players then mark the spot with pennies, pinto beans, or, really anything you find at home.
- The first player to fill their board wins the game after shouting “Loteria”! Some households even do wins for a horizontal, vertical, diagonal or, in some games, squared pattern for different wins.
Mexico is filled with lots of beautiful handcraft made by artisans. As the holidays come up, we will slowly be introducing their artwork to our website. (if you don’t feel like waiting, take a trip to one of our stores) At the moment we have some handcrafted Cloth Embroidered Notebooks, take a look here.