noun, plural lot·ter·ies.
Origin of lottery
Examples from the Web for lottery
Contemporary Examples of lottery
Selecting legislators by lottery was good enough for the ancient Athenians.
No matter how much money the Koch brothers or Tom Steyer spend, they cannot convince a lottery to choose one person over another.
Pathways offers employment services no matter the intensiveness of the disability (they have a lottery system).Hiring People With Disabilities Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do—It’s Good for Business
October 27, 2014
On the flip side, when you draw a Travis Wall contemporary routine, you must be like, “I hit the lottery!”'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Ricky Ubeda Is Adorable, and Tired
September 4, 2014
It is playing the lottery, and while the odds are stacked against it, sometimes people win the lottery.ISIS Risks Everything to Declare a Caliphate
June 29, 2014
Historical Examples of lottery
We put into a lottery for a beefsteak pudding, and it is impossible to say what we may get.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
It was at the time when the Chamber was asked to authorise the issue of lottery stock.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
If he could, publishing would be less of a lottery than it is.One Day's Courtship
Every unbroken colt is like a ticket in a lottery; it may be easy, or it may be a tartar.The Night Riders
The lottery was to be publicly drawn the first of February, 1750.The Phantom World
noun plural -teries
Word Origin for lottery
1560s, "arrangement for a distribution of prizes by chance," from Italian lotteria, from lotto "lot, portion, share," from same root as Old English hlot (see lot). Cf. Middle French loterie, from Middle Dutch loterje, from lot (n.).