Applying for a permit is kind of like playing the lotto, but with worse odds.
lotto is propped up by the notion that “Hey, you never know” though of course you do know—you know that you will not win.
The one-in-a-million chance is exactly that—a small but real chance, as any lotto winner will tell you.
Whenever I say, ‘Oh, can I have my lotto number, the newspaper?’
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.
In the end he begins to attitudinise and to display those artificial graces which were presently accentuated by lotto.
Why, I am anything but a spring chicken, yet lotto was an old game when I was young.
Till the year 1526 lotto was much in Bergamo, where the first altarpiece gained him orders for others.
In my young days a game of lotto was introduced in the clubs.
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.