lot·​to | \ ˈlä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce lotto (audio) \

Definition of lotto

: a game of chance resembling bingo

Examples of lotto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Someone in the neighborhood bought a winning lotto ticket at Usnavi's (Anthony Ramos) bodega. Shannon Carlin,, 18 June 2021 But Chu and his team also agonized over where to place it in the rearranged film, especially given that Hudes and Chu had decided to move the song’s climactic reveal—that Abuela Claudia won the lotto—to the end of the film. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 15 June 2021 Say the Pistons end up with forward Jonathan Kuminga with their lotto pick, and invest the vast majority of their available forward minutes in him, Saddiq Bey, Jerami Grant, Josh Jackson and Sekou Doumbouya. Morten Jensen, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Predicting draft picks is like guessing lotto numbers. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 28 Apr. 2021 Many of the applications in Monday's lotto came from companies already operating medical dispensaries in Arizona or other states. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2021 These two newer contestants in the arena will be very appealing to the scratch-off lotto crowd. William Baldwin, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Andrew Legut, 34, is a Grosse Ile resident who contributed to the lotto club after being irritated with the lack of progress on the bridge. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, 23 Jan. 2021 The next day, lotto lovers will get a crack at a $640 million Powerball prize, which is the eighth-largest jackpot ever. oregonlive, 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of lotto

1778, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lotto

borrowed from French & Italian; French loto, borrowed from Italian lotto "lottery, game of chance based on guessing numbers drawn from an urn" (originally lotto di Genova "Genoa lottery"), borrowed from Middle French lot "lot, portion, share" — more at allot

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28 Jun 2021

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“Lotto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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