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[lot-oh] /ˈlɒt oʊ/
a game of chance in which a leader draws numbered disks at random from a stock and the players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards, the winner being the first to cover a complete row.
a lottery, as one operated by a state government, in which players choose numbers that are matched against those of the official drawing, the winning numbers typically paying large cash prizes.
Origin of lotto
1770-80; < Italian < Germanic; see lot Unabridged
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  • One is called the Italian or Genoese lotto, or merely the lotto; the other is the common lottery well known in England.

  • Lipinski, Wieniawski, and lotto were all educated in the Paris school.

    The Violin George Hart
  • In the end he begins to attitudinise and to display those artificial graces which were presently accentuated by lotto.

    The Venetian School of Painting Evelyn March Phillipps
  • Why, I am anything but a spring chicken, yet lotto was an old game when I was young.

    Camping Alexandra G. Lockwine
  • Till the year 1526 lotto was much in Bergamo, where the first altarpiece gained him orders for others.

    The Venetian School of Painting Evelyn March Phillipps
  • In my young days a game of lotto was introduced in the clubs.

    What Shall We Do? Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for lotto


Also called housey-housey. a children's game in which numbered discs, counters, etc, are drawn at random and called out, while the players cover the corresponding numbers on cards, the winner being the first to cover all the numbers, a particular row, etc Compare bingo
a lottery
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from Old French lot, from Germanic. See lot
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Word Origin and History for lotto

1778, "type of card game," from French loto and directly from Italian lotto "a lot," from Old French lot "lot, share, reward, prize," from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old English and Old Frisian hlot; see lot (n.)). Meaning "a lottery, a game of chance" is attested from 1787.

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