You may be surprised to know that the quintessential Mexican game Lotería has its origins in Europe and came to Mexico by way of Spain. Anyone who has had the opportunity to play Lotería, will find similarities in playing American Bingo. In Lotería, the announcer gives an improvised short poem or familiar phrase alluding to the image on the card (e.g. “the coat for the poor” for the image of the sun, or “the one who dies by the mouth” for the image of the fish).


The most recognized version of lotería is the “Don Clemente Gallo” rendition introduced in Mexico in 1887 by the French businessman, Don Clemente Jacques. He purchased a manufacturing plant in Mexico to produce many items. In their printing press section they produced labels for the packaged food, invitations, party favours, and the game Lotería. The owners today of Don Clemente Gallo Pasatiempos, have continued this version through three generations. Throughout the past hundred years, the original artwork found on its 54 cards, has remained the same.

Loteria Sun

  • The Loteria bag is made out of plastic mesh with hand embroidered sequins that enhance each figure depicted in the cards. The handmade nature of this bag makes it unique and only one in stock.

    The moon pom-pom decoration is hand embroidered in Mexico. 


    Measurements : 19" x 18" x 3" with sturdy handles


    Note: Design printed on both sides, but only embellished on one. May have some machine marks. 

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