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The Mexican Cultural Institute of Laredo (ICML) is holding a Loteria event at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 18 at The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo.
If there is an iconic traditional board game among Mexican society, it is the Mexican Lottery. This game has been a source of fun and union among many families, and now the Mexican Cultural Institute of Laredo is holding an event that seeks to continue this tradition as part of the celebration for the 112th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.
Juan Carlos Mendoza Sánchez, General Consul of Mexico in Laredo, said that ICML’s mission is to promote culture in Laredo society.
“For this reason, during the meetings of the Board of Directors, various cultural activities are proposed,” Mendoza Sánchez said. “In mid-2021, the president of the ICML, Miguel Conchas, put on the table the idea of organizing a Mexican Lottery game to celebrate the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. The idea was approved and in addition to the folkloric dances and the commemorative video on the Mexican Revolution, we held the first Mexican Lottery at the ICML.”
This will be the second time that this event is held. It will take place on Friday, Nov. 18 at The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo.
“The first Mexican Lottery held on Nov. 20, 2021, was very successful,” Mendoza Sanchez said. “In addition to the people who attended with the purpose of playing, we also had the visit of families who came to the ICML to enjoy the folkloric dances and the celebration of the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.
“This year, due to the inauguration of the Soccer World Cup on Sunday, Nov. 20, we decided that the Mexican Lottery would be held on Friday, Nov. 18 without the presentation of folkloric dances; there will only be the lottery game so as not to extend beyond the projected two hours from 7-9 p.m.”
He added that the purpose of this event is to rescue and promote Mexican traditions to prevent them from dying.
“The Mexican Lottery game is a family activity that promotes healthy family time and fosters in the new generations the love for traditional Mexican activities, such as the lottery,” he said. “With this activity, we seek to promote Mexican culture and open spaces for family coexistence.”
He added that whoever attends will have the opportunity to win big prizes.
The cost of the tables to play 10 lottery rounds is $15 dollars or two for $25, if it is the same family. There will be 10 prize packages that include various items such as dinner certificates, appliances, grooming products and other surprises.
“We have 120 boards and half are already sold,” he assured. “The most modest prizes have a value greater than $100. Other prizes are around $200-300 in products.”
The funds raised will be used to finance ICML cultural events.
Mendoza Sanchez invited the community of Los Dos Laredos to participate in this Mexican tradition.
“We invite families to come to the Outlet Shoppes at Laredo so they can participate from 6 p.m. at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony,” he said. “The doors of the ICML will open at 7 p.m. for the Mexican Lottery, and the cards available can be purchased at the entrance. The maximum number of players is 120 people, so it is important that those who want to play and have not yet purchased their cards, arrive that day a little before 7 p.m. to guarantee their space. It is a family event that seeks to promote family time and Mexican traditions.”
mcharur@lmtonline.com

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