lottery

[ lot-uh-ree ]
/ ˈlɒt ə ri /

noun, plural lot·ter·ies.

a gambling game or method of raising money, as for some public charitable purpose, in which a large number of tickets are sold and a drawing is held for certain prizes.
any scheme for the distribution of prizes by chance.
any happening or process that is or appears to be determined by chance: to look upon life as a lottery.

Origin of lottery

First recorded in 1560–70, lottery is from the Middle Dutch word loterie (whence also French loterie). See lot, -ery

OTHER WORDS FROM lottery

an·ti·lot·ter·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lottery

lottery
/ (ˈlɒtərɪ) /

noun plural -teries

a method of raising money by selling numbered tickets and giving a proportion of the money raised to holders of numbers drawn at random
a similar method of raising money in which players select a small group of numbers out of a larger group printed on a ticket. If a player's selection matches some or all of the numbers drawn at random the player wins a proportion of the prize fund
an activity or endeavour the success of which is regarded as a matter of fate or luck

Word Origin for lottery

C16: from Old French loterie, from Middle Dutch loterije. See lot
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