- The definition of a lottery is a game of chance where money is raised by selling tickets that offer a chance to win a big prize, or a drawing.
- The PowerBall where you buy a ticket for $1 and have a chance of winning millions is an example of a lottery.
- The drawing for the opportunity to purchase a limited available season tickets is an example of a lottery.
- a game of chance in which people buy numbered tickets, and prizes are given to those whose numbers are drawn by lot: sometimes sponsored by a state or organization as a means of raising funds
- any undertaking that involves chance selections, as by the drawing of lots: military draft lottery
Origin: MFr loterie from Middle Dutch loterije from lot, lot
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noun pl. lot·ter·ies
- A contest in which tokens are distributed or sold, the winning token or tokens being secretly predetermined or ultimately selected in a random drawing.
- A selection made by lot from a number of applicants or competitors: The state uses a lottery to assign spaces in the campground.
- An activity or event regarded as having an outcome depending on fate: They considered combat duty a lottery.
Origin: French loterie, probably from Dutch loterije, from Middle Dutch, from lot, lot.