bo·​li·​ta | \ bəˈlētə, bōˈ- \
variants: or less commonly bolito \ -​ēt(ˌ)ō \
plural -s

Definition of bolita

1 : a game of chance having the character of a lottery in which a bag of small numbered balls is tossed about until only one remains or until one is grasped at random, the ball so selected being considered as bearing the winning number
2 : a numbers game in which one attempts to guess a variously determined 2-digit number

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History and Etymology for bolita

American Spanish (Cuba) bolita, from Spanish, little ball, diminutive of bola ball

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“Bolita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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