- 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.
Origin of lotto
Related Words for lottoraffle, gambling, sweepstake, poker, roulette, chance, lotto, bridge, lottery, bingo, canasta, gin, pinochle, twenty-one
Examples from the Web for lotto
Contemporary Examples of lotto
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
November 19, 2014
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
November 6, 2014
Applying for a permit is kind of like playing the Lotto, but with worse odds.First Friday of Ramadan For Palestinians
July 12, 2013
Whenever I say, ‘Oh, can I have my lotto number, the newspaper?’Meet Mariann From Brooklyn, Howard Stern’s Biggest Fan
February 28, 2013
Historical Examples of lotto
Lipinski, Wieniawski, and Lotto were all educated in the Paris school.The Violin
Why, I am anything but a spring chicken, yet Lotto was an old game when I was young.Camping
Alexandra G. Lockwine
In my young days a game of lotto was introduced in the clubs.What Shall We Do?
This is a game similar to the "lotto" we used to play as children.A Yankee in the Trenches
R. Derby Holmes
In the end he begins to attitudinise and to display those artificial graces which were presently accentuated by Lotto.The Venetian School of Painting
Evelyn March Phillipps
- 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, etcCompare bingo
- a lottery
Word Origin for lotto
1778, "type of card game," from French loto and directly from Italian lotto "a lot," from Old French lot "lot, share, reward, prize," from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old English and Old Frisian hlot; see lot (n.)). Meaning "a lottery, a game of chance" is attested from 1787.