noun, plural lot·ter·ies.
Origin of lottery
Examples from the Web for 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|Elizabeth Picciuto|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is playing the lottery, and while the odds are stacked against it, sometimes people win the lottery.
A lottery was finally established for the benefit of the fabric.Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece|John Addington Symonds
Like thousands of his countrymen, he had played for fortune in the Manila lottery.An Australian in China|George Ernest Morrison
Few human passions are so strong as that of gambling, and Spain has surrendered to the lottery.A History of Spain|Charles E. Chapman
It had become a common entertainment of the court to put up in a lottery some beautiful article of jewelry.Louis XIV., Makers of History Series|John S. C. Abbott
The highest prize in this lottery is 4000 dollars, and the price of the ticket is four reals.
British Dictionary definitions for lottery
noun plural -teries
Word Origin for lottery
Word Origin and History 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.).