sweepstake

[sweep-steyk]
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sweepstake

esp US sweepstakes

noun
    1. a lottery in which the stakes of the participants constitute the prize
    2. the prize itself
  1. any event involving a lottery, esp a horse race in which the prize is the competitors' stakes
Often shortened to: sweep

Word Origin for sweepstake

C15: originally referring to someone who sweeps or takes all the stakes in a game
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