CBS turning Latin game Lotería into competition show with Jeff Apploff

Jeff Apploff

Paramount-owned US network CBS has commissioned Lotería Loca, a new game show based on the Latin game of chance Lotería.

Jane The Virgin star Jaime Camil will host and executive produce the show, which was created by Jeff Apploff, Aaron Solomon and Alejandro Trevino, who will also exec produce, alongside Mike Darnell, Dan Sacks and Bridgette Theriault.

Apploff, who is behind formats such as Don’t Forget The Lyrics, Beat Shazam and Mental Samurai, will also serve a showrunner on the series, which is being produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon and Apploff Entertainment.

Each episode will see two players go head-to-head, taking turns picking cards to get four-in-a-row, which is Lotería. Each time a card appears on their unique bingo-style card, they bank big money.

Landing on one of the “Loca Cards” creates a twist in the game and gives players the opportunity to bank even more cash by competing in wild, interactive challenges. The player who gets the most “Loterías” on their board the fastest, moves on to the dramatic final round for a chance to win the ultimate show cash prize.

“I grew up playing Lotería with my family and friends back in México. I could say, without a shadow of a doubt, that every single Mexican family owned (and still owns) a Lotería game,” said Camil. “Even though this board game, which is similar to bingo, is still played and owned by millions of people around the globe, it’s something that resonates even more with every single Latinx person, because it helps connect with our heritage and emotional memories.”

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