Our introduction to la lotería, the Latin American game of chance, was a very American one. We purchased a set from the toy section of a dollar store and took it home to try to decipher the rules using our high school Spanish lessons. Eventually we had to ask for help. Now we love the cards with their bright primary colors and symbols of people, animals, objects and other notions such as the sun, devil, death and the world. And we love the bingo-like way it's played with one person singing out the card's title (Death, The Umbrella, The Apache, The Canoe) and everyone else marking their cards until someone gets four in a row, shouting out, "Lotería, lotería." But to us it's just a game, a piece of art, a $1 gift to send to equally American friends in less diverse cities where discount stores carry games... More >>>