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

1770–80; < Italian < Germanic; see lot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of lotto

  • Lipinski, Wieniawski, and Lotto were all educated in the Paris school.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • Why, I am anything but a spring chicken, yet Lotto was an old game when I was young.


    Alexandra G. Lockwine

  • In my young days a game of lotto was introduced in the clubs.

  • This is a game similar to the "lotto" we used to play as children.

  • 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

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, etcCompare bingo
a lottery

Word Origin for lotto

C18: from Italian, from Old French lot, from Germanic. See lot
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Word Origin and History 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.

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