La Loteria Nacional – a building full of surprises

Along Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma stands a towering white building with sleek elongated vertical windows, built in 1946 and a fine example of the Art-Déco style.

Once the city’s highest skyscraper with 17 floors, the Lotería Nacional, also known as El Moro, was restored to its former splendour in 2011. Those who happen to cross its threshold will be stunned to see the interior of the ground floor where the National Lottery draw takes place every week. Harmonious, geometric shapes and spiraling stairs attest to its Art-Déco design. And now a huge bold mural, some 215 m long, graces its walls since 2010. Painted by the artist Aristo Otero, it’s called “El Juego de la Fortuna” and narrates the history of the lottery and other games of luck in Mexico from pre-Hispanic times to the present day. What’s more, the general public can watch the draws taking place on certain days of the week.

All in all, the curious traveller or visitor is in luck.. it’s a great place to check out and won’t cost you a peso.


The new restored look of the building 


El Moro building is the headquarters of the National Lottery


Where the lottery draws are held every week


Art-déco features


Part of the 215 meter long mural


Part of the mural “El Juego de la Fortuna” by Aristo Otero


Detail of the mural


The spiral staircase


Stage for the lottery draw


The restored building in all its Art-Déco splendour

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