What does lottery mean?

Definitions for lottery
ˈlɒt ə rilot·tery

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lottery(noun)

    something that is regarded as a chance event

    "the election was just a lottery to them"

  2. lottery, drawing(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. lottery(Noun)

    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. lottery(Noun)

    An affair of chance.

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

  3. lottery(Noun)

    Allotment; a thing allotted.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lottery(noun)

    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. Lottery(noun)

    allotment; thing allotted

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

Freebase

  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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How to say lottery in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    It is commonly observed that a sudden wealth, like a prize drawn in a lottery or a large bequest to a poor family, does not permanently enrich. They have served no apprenticeship to wealth, and with the rapid wealth come rapid claims which they do not know how to deny, and the treasure is quickly dissipated.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    When I was born in Midland, Texas ... my little eyes opened and there I was, probably crying and trying to get a little oxygen, i looked up and Barbara Bush was there. I didn't know it at the time, but I won the lottery.

  3. Sergut Adamu:

    We can't think for a minute that we can afford private housing, we would have to win the lottery.

  4. Reid Hartsfield:

    The percentage of lottery winners who are broke after five years is staggering, parents don't want their kids to be that statistic.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Congress has to meet quickly and make a deal. I could do it in 45 minutes. We need to get rid of chain migration, we need to get rid of catch and release and visa lottery. And we have to do something about asylum. And to be honest with you, we have to get rid of judges.

Images & Illustrations of lottery

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