Lottery meaning

lŏtə-rē
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A contest in which tokens are distributed or sold, the winning token or tokens being secretly predetermined or ultimately selected in a random drawing.
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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.

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A selection made by lot from a number of applicants or competitors.

The state uses a lottery to assign spaces in the campground.

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An activity or event regarded as having an outcome depending on fate.

They considered combat duty a lottery.

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A game of chance in which people buy numbered tickets, and prizes are given to those whose numbers are drawn by lot: often sponsored by a state or organization as a means of raising funds.
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(figuratively) An affair of chance.
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Any undertaking that involves chance selections, as by the drawing of lots.

Military draft lottery.

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A scheme for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance, especially a gaming scheme in which one or more tickets bearing particular numbers draw prizes, the other tickets are blanks.
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Origin of lottery

  • French loterie probably from Dutch loterije from Middle Dutch from lot lot

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • from Italian lotteria, from the same root as Old English hlot (cognate with lot).

    From Wiktionary