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Definitions for lottery
ˈlɒt ə rilot·te·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lotterynoun

    something that is regarded as a chance event

    "the election was just a lottery to them"

  2. lottery, drawingnoun

    players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots


  1. lotterynoun

    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.

    Etymology: from lotteria, from the same root as hlot (cognate with lot)

  2. lotterynoun

    An affair of chance.

    Etymology: from lotteria, from the same root as hlot (cognate with lot)

  3. lotterynoun

    Allotment; a thing allotted.

    Etymology: from lotteria, from the same root as hlot (cognate with lot)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lotterynoun

    a scheme for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance; esp., a gaming scheme in which one or more tickets bearing particular numbers draw prizes, and the rest of tickets are blanks. Fig. : An affair of chance

    Etymology: [Lot + -ery, as in brewery, bindery.]

  2. Lotterynoun

    allotment; thing allotted

    Etymology: [Lot + -ery, as in brewery, bindery.]


  1. Lottery

    A lottery is a form of gambling which involves the drawing of lots for a prize which may be a certain amount of money and is taxable if over a certain amount depending on the country and or state the lottery was drawn. Most lottery expenditures go to various institutions, primarily public school systems. Lottery is outlawed by some governments, while others endorse it to the extent of organizing a national or state lottery. It is common to find some degree of regulation of lottery by governments. At the beginning of the 20th century, most forms of gambling, including lotteries and sweepstakes, were illegal in many countries, including the U.S.A. and most of Europe. This remained so until after World War II. In the 1960s casinos and lotteries began to appear throughout the world as a means to raise revenue in addition to taxes. Lotteries come in many formats. For example, the prize can be a fixed amount of cash or goods. In this format there is risk to the organizer if insufficient tickets are sold. More commonly the prize fund will be a fixed percentage of the receipts. A popular form of this is the "50–50" draw where the organizers promise that the prize will be 50% of the revenue. Many recent lotteries allow purchasers to select the numbers on the lottery ticket, resulting in the possibility of multiple winners.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lottery

    lot′ėr-i, n. a distribution of prizes by lot or chance: a game of chance.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lottery in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lottery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of lottery in a Sentence

  1. Mike Waltz:

    It just sends such an importantsignal if you stand with us and youstand against extremism we'll be there for you. We will honor that commitment, i am, as are many conservatives, in favor of merit-based immigration, and I can't think of anyone more meritorious than those who have stood and fought with us rather than random lottery systems.

  2. Donna Sullivan:

    The climate got very bad, i think it would be better if the boys club was disbanded and the lottery would go back to doing business of the lottery -- giving money to education.

  3. Tina Ehrenberg:

    We have family coming into town for Thanksgiving, so I was cleaning up the house and found a few Lottery tickets on my nightstand that we hadn't checked.

  4. Michael Arnold:

    This protest should not be a government expenditure lottery ticket, i've only heard of one wall damaged in the whole set of buildings.

  5. Eddie Rausch:

    We'd reached the point where veterans who used the service didn’t want other veterans to know about the service because they saw them as competition, to solve that problem, we instituted a lottery for great tickets and prizes. Each veteran gets a unique URL or QC Code they can send out to their buddies, and once those buddies sign up and get verified, the veteran gets virtual participation appreciation coins in [their] account. They can use each coin as a chip in the hat for any lottery. So for every buddy you sign up it increases your odds.

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