Target audience:

You are a student of the Spanish language and you want to have fun while learning more vocabulary.
You are a Spanish teacher and you want a game to help strengthen your students' learning in a fun way.
You have a gathering with family or friends and you want a game where you can have fun together.


The lotería is the Mexican version of bingo. The ¡Hola Lau! Lotería is an educational game to learn Spanish vocabulary through Mexican culture.

56 cards (6.2 cm. X 9.5 cm.)
10 playing boards letter size
165 tokens                                                                                               1 velvet pouch

Number of players: 2 – 10
Age: 4+

Game rules:

  • Each player chooses a playing board.
  • One player will be the "screamer" who will call out the cards.
  • The full deck of cards will be face down.
  • The "screamer" starts the game by saying "corre y se va corriendo con..." and takes a card from the deck of cards and shouts the name, showing the card to the rest of the players.
  • If the image of the card is on the player's playing board, they place an object (token, bean, pebble, etc.) on top of that image.
  • Whoever completes all the images on their board and shouts "Lotería" wins!

Description of each card

The jaguar. Carnivorous feline that inhabits a large part of the country. In pre-Hispanic culture, the jaguar is a symbol of the night and nocturnal power.

Worker who cuts the maguey leaves to make mezcal or tequila. Hard trade that is transmitted from generation to generation.

The Catrina. She is a character created by the painter, illustrator and cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada. Now the figure is associated with the Day of the Dead. 

The charro skirmish. Group of women who practice the national sport of charrería.

The flower of Cempasuchil. This flower is native to Mexico, its name comes from the Nahuatl "Cempohualxochitl" (several flowers). It is used in offerings to the dead, as legend has it that it guides the dead to the world of the living.

The poinsettia. The scientific name of this flower is "euphorbia pulcherrima" which in Latin means "the most beautiful". The first time it was used at Christmas parties was in the 17th century. Now this flower is linked to Christmas in our country.

Papel picado. This art of cutting paper with different designs is found throughout Mexico. It represents air, as one of the four elements in the Day of the Dead offering.

The piñata. Traditionally it was 7 peaks that represented the 7 deadly sins, which by destroying them you could receive good things (represented with sweets). Now there are many piñata figures and they are also used on birthdays for fun.

The rattle. It is a percussion instrument formed by a wheel of tables in the shape of a cross that, when turned, produces a dry and loud noise. It is used in the independence party or where you want to make a lot of noise.

The piggy bank. Closed container, commonly made of clay, with a narrow slot at the top to insert coins. It is used to save money, you can only take it out if you break the piggy bank.

 The balero. Traditional juggling toy made of wood. The objective is to thread the bearing onto the club.

 The yoyo. Although it seems that this toy has Chinese origin, it is a very popular toy in Mexico (or at least it was before the Internet).

The spinning top. Traditionally this toy was made of wood (now most are plastic), it has a conical shape that is made to dance on the ground, pulling the rope with technique.

The magic tablets. Although they were not born in Mexico, this toy is here to stay. The classic way to play it is to grab it by the end and drop it.

The matatena. Game of skill in which the ball is thrown to catch the small pieces and then catch the ball with the same hand.

Mariachi. It is traditional music and a fundamental element of our culture. The mariachi costume was inspired by the charro costumes. In 2011, UNESCO declared it an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Wrestling. It is a very popular sport-show in Mexico. Many wrestlers wear masks to hide their true identity. They fight rudely against technicians and put their mask or hair at stake.

The Papantla flyers. This dance of the bird-men is a ritual associated with fertility. It is executed by various ethnic groups in Mexico and Central America.

To watch a video, click on the card.

The corn tortillas. It is a flat and circular bread made with nixtamalized corn, which is ground and made into a dough. It is cooked on a griddle.

The tortillero. Container to store tortillas. Usually designed to keep them warm.

The guacamole. The Nahuatl“Ahuacamolli” = “ahuacatl(avocado) + “molli” (mole or sauce). It is a thick sauce of avocado, onion, tomato and chili.

The molcajete. It is a stone mortar with three short legs. It is used to grind condiments or make a molcajeteada sauce.

The pozole. It is a traditional soup of Mexican cuisine, made with corn and meat. It can be seasoned and garnished with lettuce, chiles, onion, radishes, avocado and lemon. There is green, white, red and vegetarian pozole.

The tostadas. They are a typical Mexican appetizer made of different stews on a crunchy corn tortilla (tostada).

The tamales. It is a dish made of cornmeal dough stuffed with meat, chicken, chili, cheese or other ingredients, wrapped in corn or banana leaves and steamed.

The enchiladas. It is a dish made of folded or rolled corn tortillas, covered in chile sauce and usually stuffed with chicken, potato, or cheese.

The tacos. It is the most representative snack of Mexican cuisine that consists of a rolled corn tortilla to contain the ingredients inside, and a type of sauce.

The tenth Mexican muse, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a writer and poet. She learned to read and write at age 3, and at age 8 she wrote her first loa. She preferred the convent to marriage in order to pursue her intellectual hobbies.

He was a Mexican modernist-style poet, journalist, and educator. He also served as the Mexican Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay.

He was a Mexican poet and diplomat. He was awarded several prizes, including the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature.

He was a Mexican musician and actor. His career developed during the golden age of Mexican cinema. His fame and success spread throughout Latin America.

Also known as La Doña. She was a Mexican actress and singer. She was a successful figure in Latin American cinema of the 1940s and 1950s.

His full name is Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes. He was a Mexican comedian, actor and filmmaker. He is considered the most accomplished Mexican comedian in Latin America and Spain.

Germán Genaro Cipriano Gómez Valdés y Castillo, known professionally as Tin-Tan, was a Mexican actor, singer, and comedian.

El son jarocho. It is a regional folk music style of the Mexican son from Veracruz, a Mexican state along the Gulf of Mexico.

The Saint. He was a masked wrestler, actor, and Mexican folk hero. He considers himself one of "the greatest legends of Mexican sports."

El jarabe tapatío. Known as the Mexican hat dance, it is the national dance of Mexico. It originated as a courtship dance in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Mexican painter known for her numerous portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by nature and artifacts from Mexico.

The chinampa. A small stationary artificial island built on a freshwater lake for agricultural purposes. This method of cultivation was used by Mexicas in the Valley of Mexico (the Xochimilco region).

He is a fictitious character, the singing cricket for children, created by Francisco Gabilondo Soler in 1934 while he was broadcasting his own musical radio program on the Mexico station.

 The pyramid. The pyramidal structures were the representation of the sacred mountains associated with the universe in general and with the sun in particular.

 The quetzal. Bird with beautiful plumage and long tail. For the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, the quetzal was the god of the air.

The axolotl. An amphibian native and endemic to the lakes of the Valley of Mexico and which survives in Lake Xochimilco, it was called by the ancient Mexicans axolotl (from Nahuatl, "water monster"). axolotl (del náhuatl, “monstruo de agua”).

The hummingbird. Also called hummingbird. It symbolizes love and joy of life. Legend has it that when a loved one dies, he can return in the form of a hummingbird.

The xoloitzcuintle. Endemic dog of Mexico. According to Aztec legend, this dog was associated with Xolotl, the god of death, to whom they should be kind if they wanted to enjoy a grateful death without suffering.

The cry woman. According to legend, he is a vengeful ghost who wanders near bodies of water crying for his children whom he drowned. She says: "Aaay, my children!"

The alley of the kiss. Popular legend of the city of Guanajuato. If you visit this romantic corner formed by two balconies separated by only 69 centimeters, be sure to kiss your partner for good luck in your relationship.

The Popocatepetl. It is an active volcano located in central Mexico. It is the second highest peak in Mexico. Its name comes from Nahuatl and means "Mount that smokes", from Popōca (to smoke) and tepētl (mountain). And together with the Iztaccíhuatl they have a great love legend.

Iztaccíhuatl, is a volcano located on the border between the State of Mexico and Puebla. Her name comes from Nahuatl: Istaksiwatl "White Woman"istak, white; siwatl, woman', but it is also known as "Sleeping Woman". Together with Popocatépetl they have a great love legend.

The rabbit in the moon. It is a Nahuatl legend that tells the story of Quetzalcoatl, one of the most important deities for the original cultures of Mexico and how on a walk around the world he remembered the humility of a small being forever.

The beach. More than 15 states in Mexico have beautiful beaches with excellent climates and interesting water activities. There are beaches with turquoise blue waters, fine white sand and multicolored fish.

The forest. Mexico has a significant area of forests. Mexico contains 50% of the world's pine species (50 species), and close to 33% of oaks (200 species). The most famous urban forest is the Bosque de Chapultepec.

Jungle. Mexico has high humid jungle and medium or low jungle. They are distributed mainly on the Atlantic slope, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Tabasco, Yucatán; also in Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas. Lacandona is the great Mayan jungle.

The desert. Mexico not only has wonderful beaches, forests, mountains and jungles; it also has impressive deserts, with interesting endemic species and thousands of plant species.

 The mountain. The 7 main mountain ranges currently are: Sierra Madre Occidental, Sierra Madre Oriental, Sierra Madre del Sur, Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Mountain System of Baja California, the Transversal Volcanic Axis and the Altiplano of Mexico.

 The huaraches. Typical garment of the Mexican people. It originates from pre-Hispanic times. It is a type of sandal.