a game of chance in which a leader draws numbered disks at random from a stock and the players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards, the winner being the first to cover a complete row.
a lottery, as one operated by a state government, in which players choose numbers that are matched against those of the official drawing, the winning numbers typically paying large cash prizes.
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How to use lotto in a sentence
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.A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned | Kent Sepkowitz | November 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The one-in-a-million chance is exactly that—a small but real chance, as any lotto winner will tell you.All These AIDS ‘Cures’ Are a Fantasy—One That Can Cause Real Harm | Kent Sepkowitz | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Applying for a permit is kind of like playing the lotto, but with worse odds.
Whenever I say, ‘Oh, can I have my lotto number, the newspaper?’Meet Mariann From Brooklyn, Howard Stern’s Biggest Fan | Kevin Fallon | February 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
This could mean lotto winners, but also the recently divorced or widowed or recipients of an inheritance.
I played lotto with Mendele and let him beat me; I found him when he was lost, and I helped him play tricks on our elders.The Promised Land | Mary Antin
lotto led a wandering life, which took him much away from Venice; hence his pictures are comparatively little known.
This cannot be the case, for lotto seems to have had no close domestic ties.
One of our friends, who knew most of them, told us that their only employment at home was to play lotto from morning till night.The Memoirs of Madame Vige Lebrun | Marie Louise Elisabeth Vige-Lebrun
Why, I am anything but a spring chicken, yet lotto was an old game when I was young.Camping | Alexandra G. Lockwine
British Dictionary definitions for lotto
Also called: housey-housey a children's game in which numbered discs, counters, etc, are drawn at random and called out, while the players cover the corresponding numbers on cards, the winner being the first to cover all the numbers, a particular row, etc: Compare bingo
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