Loteria or Mexican Bingo
What is Loteria?
The traditional Loteria originated in Italy, moved to Spain, and finally came to Mexico in 1769. Initially played by the colonial Mexican elite, it eventually was embraced by all social classes. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Mexican farms and towns were few and far between. Traveling Ferias (fairs) would set up in these ranchlands and small towns on the weekends, and many people would go out to them especially to play Loteria.
The game is very similar to American Bingo, with some differences. In Bingo, a number with an associated letter is randomly chosen from a rotating drum, while in Loteria, with a colorfully illustrated image is drawn from a special deck of 54 cards. The modern versions of these cards also contain the name of the image at the bottom and an associated number at the top. In both games, each player has a different game board/tabla. In Bingo, the game board has random numbers listed under their associated letters, while in Loteria, the tabla has a random pattern of images matching those found on the cards. Many of the older tablas do not have words or numbers, since the original was found in prose. These tablas were made either out of tin or paper that had been painted by popular artists.
There is a final bonus at the end for a total of 21 questions.
For our event at Jodeco Road UMC, all proceeds will benefit The Mission Guerrero Pueblo Magico Medical Clinic in Guerrero, Mexico.
- Fill out the registration form above and click submit.
- After you register, use the credit card link below to pay. The tickets are $10.00 per person. A convenience fee of .022%+.30 has been added to the ticket price to cover the PayPal transaction fee. If you don't have a paypal account, that's not a problem. Simply click the "Pay With Credit or Debit Card" option when you reach the paypal site.
- Print and save your receipt it will be required at check-in on trivia night.
If you don't wish to participate in Loteria but had rather donate to help The Mission Guerrero Pueblo Magico Medical Clinic, click on donate button and enter your donation amount in the blank. Please add .022% + .30 to your donation to cover the PayPal transaction fee. If you don't have a paypal account, that's not a problem, simply click the "Pay With Credit or Debit Card" option when you reach the paypal site.