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Illinois Lottery brings back Loteria instant ticket

7/9/2019, 6:40 p.m.
Ticket inspired by a Mexican game offers $50,000 top prize The Illinois Lottery has relaunched the popular Lotería instant ticket, ...

Ticket inspired by a Mexican game offers $50,000 top prize

The Illinois Lottery has relaunched the popular Lotería instant ticket, which features a top prize of $50,000.

The ticket is inspired by the Bingo-style Lotería game, which has been a favorite pastime in Mexican culture since the 19th Century.

"With the release of the new Lotería ticket, we are proud to offer another fun and unique scratch-off game to the people of Illinois," Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays said. "Lotería has a rich history in the Mexican community, and we are excited to celebrate that tradition."

To play the Lotería ticket, players scratch off a "caller's card" to reveal 14 symbols, such as "The Rooster," "The Crown" and "The Watermelon." Players aim to match four of those symbols in a row on their playing board to win a prize. Lotería tickets cost $3 each.

This is the fourth time the Illinois Lottery has offered the Lotería instant ticket. It was first introduced by the Illinois Lottery in 2009 and offered twice again in 2016.