- a method of raising money by selling numbered tickets and giving a proportion of the money raised to holders of numbers drawn at random
- a similar method of raising money in which players select a small group of numbers out of a larger group printed on a ticket. If a player's selection matches some or all of the numbers drawn at random the player wins a proportion of the prize fund
- an activity or endeavour the success of which is regarded as a matter of fate or luck
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lot•ter•y /ˈlɑtəri/USA pronunciation n.[countable], pl. -ter•ies.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- a gambling game or method of raising money in which a large number of tickets are sold and a drawing is held for prizes.
- a drawing of lots.
- something whose outcome appears to be determined by chance:Life is a lottery.
lot•ter•y (lot′ə rē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -ter•ies.
- a gambling game or method of raising money, as for some public charitable purpose, in which a large number of tickets are sold and a drawing is held for certain prizes.
- any scheme for the distribution of prizes by chance.
- any happening or process that is or appears to be determined by chance:to look upon life as a lottery.
- Middle Dutch loterie (whence also French loterie). See lot, -ery
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lottery /ˈlɒtərɪ/ n ( pl -teries)
'lottery' also found in these entries:
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