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Join us for a fun and educational Lotería game online! Cantor Billy Webb, will be calling out cards, while players mark their digital Lotería board. This event is family friendly and designed to teach some basic Spanish and Mexican history. Please be prepared to join the Zoom meeting from your computer and open another window, or another device, to play the game online together with the other players. There will be prizes for the winners. Buena suerte!

Where: The event took place on Zoom.

what is loteria?

Lotería is an iconic card game that has been passed down many generations in Mexico. Lotería is the Spanish word for lottery. While it is a game of chance, the game is more similar to bingo.

Each card has a different picture, and its corresponding name in Spanish underneath. Each player chooses a board with randomly selected images across it. Typically, el cantor, the caller, is responsible for calling out the card name or even a riddle that goes with the picture. The players then mark the spot with a chip, often pinto beans. The first player with four chips in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal pattern wins the game after shouting “Lotería!”

The most famous version of the cards uses the artwork titled “Don Clemente Gallo,” which was introduced in Mexico by French businessman Don Clemente Jacques. However, many contemporary young artists, like Mike Alfaro of Millennial Loteria, reimagine the outdated Latinx representation in Lotería and humorously updates it to reflect a more modern generation.

HOW TO JOIN THE game

How to Play

Join the Zoom meeting with the link provided to your per email.

Open this link on a separate device or in a new window: https://bingobaker.com/play/a8e31b1e4e98b6b7

Enter your email address and hit enter

Wait for host Billy Webb to call out cards

If the called out card matches your board, click yo mark the correct square

Once you have 4 checked squares in a row (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) either unmute yourself and call “Loteria” or write “Loteria” or “I won” in the chat.

The game will be stopped and the first one to have called victory will be the winner of the game.

Billy Webb has been serving Austin and the Austin-Satillo Sister Cities Association for many years. Always with a smile and much enthusiasm, he has facilitated many beneficial projects for our organization. For example, the successful firefighter exchange program between the Austin Fire Department and the Bomberos Saltillo, or various Sister Cities delegations to Mexico as President of the organization. Billy also teaches Spanish online and is looking forward to our Spanish Language Immersion Class in Saltillo, Mexico to take place as soon as possible.

Thank you to Billy Webb for making this event happen.

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Are local online lotería games legal?

Posted: Apr 27, 2020 / 11:05 PM CDT / Updated: Apr 27, 2020 / 11:05 PM CDT

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – As bingo halls across the valley remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are getting their bingo fix online.

A simple search of lotería on Facebook reveals many groups and pages. Some of those groups and pages are offering games traditionally played in bingo halls, like lotería and horse races, with cash prizes.

We spoke with several game operators who did not want to go on camera, who said the games are just for fun and the prizes are donations or gifts. We spoke with local attorney Aurelio Garza on whether the games and prizes are legal.

“They think they can skirt the law by putting that [a disclaimer]. If in fact they are following those guidelines, it’s really just for fun, and no one is really making any money, but yea then certainly there wouldn’t be anything illegal. But with the example that you gave where you said the individual is actually making money, then that is illegal, and considered gambling,” said Garza

Garza says while Bingo is legal in Texas operators must have a license and operate the bingo in the county where it’s issued.

In Texas gambling is a class C misdemeanor with a fine up to $500 but some could face higher charges.

Garza said if you find yourself in need of legal representation you can contact him at 956-513 -1117.

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – As bingo halls across the valley remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are getting their bingo fix online. A simple search of lotería on Facebook reveals many groups and pages. Some of those groups and pages are offering games traditionally played in bingo halls, like lotería and horse […] ]]>