The Rio Grande Valley heritage and culture comes to life during Hispanic Heritage Month, which is from September 15 through October 15. Hispanics have a positive and inspiring influence on our country with their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work and service.

Hispanic Heritage Week was established by legislation back in 1968. It was later expanded by legislation and implemented by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30 day period. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebrations because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American Countries; they are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Around the US there are celebrations and events that celebrate the hispanic heritage..

In the Valley, a large portion of the population is hispanic. Different events are done in centers, churches and parks for this month.

In 2014, Jose Rafael Castilleja, introduced a common game in hispanic/latino culture "Loteria" in a new form .

On September 15, a small group of people came together online to play Cyber Loteria. The first card was drawn in the morning of September 15 and another one in the afternoon, and two drawn per day everyday after that. All cards and tables of players were shown on Facebook.

Thank you to the card drawers Eric I. Jimenez, Pete Morales, and Paul H. Zurc. Congratulations to Rick Cano for being the Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 Cyber Loteria Horizontal/ Vertical winner. Congratulations to Chris D... Cano for being the Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 Cyber Loteria Center/ Large Square winner. Congratulations to Maritza Jaime de Gutierrez for being the Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 Cyber Loteria Left/ Right Diagonal winner. Grand prize winner not known yet. The grand prize is a piece of artwork from Faye Halliday and $100 gift card donated by Trino Medina.

Thank you to Trino Medina for the $100 gift card for our grand winner.

Thank you also to Charis Hart, Janie Morales, Jovita Castilleja and Rafael Castilleja for the prizes and helping with the prizes.

Participants were from Monterrey, N.L. to Alamo, Texas and around the Rio Grande Valley. Jose Rafael Castilleja thanks all the participants and the spectators for a great event.