a lottery that is available to the entire country, esp. one sponsored or controlled by the government
The UK has had a National Lottery since 1994.
That same year, 55-year-old Philip Kitchen won £2 million in England's national lottery.
Laws were also enacted in 1909, legalizing cock fighting and establishing the national lottery.
Accordingly a city ordinance was passed, creating "The national lottery" and authorizing it to sell tickets and conduct drawings.
In desperation a national lottery was held, producing meager results.