lottery

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈlɒtəri/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈlɑtəri/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(lotə rē)

Inflections of 'lottery' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": lotteries

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
lot•ter•y /ˈlɑtəri/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ter•ies. 
  1. a gambling game or method of raising money in which a large number of tickets are sold and a drawing is held for prizes.
  2. a drawing of lots.
  3. something whose outcome appears to be determined by chance:Life is a lottery.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lot•ter•y  (lotə rē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ter•ies. 
  1. 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.
  2. any scheme for the distribution of prizes by chance.
  3. 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
  • 1560–70

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lottery /ˈlɒtərɪ/ n ( pl -teries)
  1. a method of raising money by selling numbered tickets and giving a proportion of the money raised to holders of numbers drawn at random
  2. 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
  3. an activity or endeavour the success of which is regarded as a matter of fate or luck
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French loterie, from Middle Dutch loterije. See lot
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