Definition of lottery
1a : a drawing of lots in which prizes are distributed to the winners among persons buying a chanceb : 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.
Recent Examples of lottery from the Web
Winning the lottery isn’t quite a one in a million chance.
Please confirm numbers with state lottery officials.
The Philadelphia Flyers will pick second after moving up 11 spots in the draft lottery in April.
The lottery, however, was instituted to discourage teams from that practice.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey family has put their winnings from a $430 million Powerball lottery to help others in their hometown.
Comer developed the city's Homestead Act aimed at combating white flight and established a lottery program to fill vacant homes.
If tags are involved, anglers would have to either purchase tags or be awarded them through a lottery.
In 2011, the year after the tea party wave, Georgia faced a shortfall in lottery revenue.
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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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