Definition of lottery
1 a : a drawing of lots in which prizes are distributed to the winners among persons buying a chance b : a drawing of lots used to decide something
2 : an event or affair whose outcome is or seems to be determined by chance
Examples of lottery in a sentence
They held a lottery to determine who could get a green card.
Room assignments are determined by lottery.
Life's a lottery, isn't it? It all depends on luck.
Origin and Etymology of lottery
Middle French loterie, from Middle Dutch, from lot lot; akin to Old English hlot lot
First Known Use: 1567
LOTTERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lottery for English Language Learners
: a way of raising money for a government, charity, etc., in which many tickets are sold and a few of the tickets are chosen by chance to win prizes
: a system used to decide who will get or be given something by choosing names or numbers by chance
: an event or situation in which what happens is decided by luck or chance
LOTTERY Defined for Kids
Definition of lottery for Students
: a way of raising money in which many tickets are sold and a few of these are drawn to win prizes
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