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 Don Barrett, 64, stopped at the Speedway while getting gas and slipped a bill into the lotto machine. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2022 Kumaran said the company spent $100,000 buying the lotto tickets, which are $2 a piece. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 29 July 2022 With all the commotion with the Texas Mega Millions Lottery going over $1 billion, a $21 million ranch in Real County could be a bargain first purchase for a lucky lotto winner. Gabriel Romero, Chron, 29 July 2022 Interest in the lotto has driven Friday's grand prize up to an estimated $660 million, pre-tax. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 22 July 2022 Hagler said a ticket for the new lotto game will cost $2, while the cost for a Natural State Jackpot ticket is $1. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 23 May 2022 The New Orleans Pelicans are the lone playoff team among the clubs who can get a boost from lotto luck when the drawing is conducted Tuesday night in Chicago. Mark Heim |, al, 17 May 2022 Many of our collaborators are artists or writers themselves, which is like hitting the lotto. Goldie Chan, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Back home, Mary (Zoe Perry), who is vehemently opposed to gambling, is given a lotto ticket. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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15 Aug 2022

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“Lotto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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