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 The handsome town of about 75,000 sits south of Milan, in the middle of the hard hit Lombardy region, and is known as the Las Vegas of Italy for its abundance of slot and lotto machines. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "For Italians, Dodging Coronavirus Has Become a Game of Chance," 11 Mar. 2020 After warning on February 26th that sales in the PC unit — about 35% of total sales — will come in below expectations, the stock has been hopping around like a lotto ball on Powerball jackpot night. Nancy Tengler, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus fears shouldn't stop you from adding to your investment portfolio," 9 Mar. 2020 The ticket holder used the auto lotto feature in buying the winning ticket. CBS News, "Winning $342 million lottery ticket sold in Ohio," 18 Dec. 2019 Another lotto ticket worth a large prize was recently sold in Westland. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne County couple wins $1 million on lotto instant ticket," 15 Jan. 2020 Dear Miss Manners: Within a block radius of my home, there are three corner delis in which one can purchase canned beverages, snacks, sandwiches, newspapers, cigarettes and lotto tickets. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Turning down a business acquaintance’s offer," 17 Oct. 2019 Twenty victories, once a magic number for starters, is more like a lotto number now., "Even the Yankees, a team with unlimited resources, used an opener 20 times during the regular season and once in the playoffs.," 22 Oct. 2019 Numerous lotto tickets that were scratched off were found in the rear of another building on the block. Deborah Kadin,, "Elmwood Park, River Grove police: Lexus, lotto tickets stolen," 23 Sep. 2019 Riverboat casinos surpassed the lottery as the state’s primary source of gambling revenue in 2003, generating $554 million in taxes, compared to $540 million from lotto sales. Dan Petrella,, "State revenue from casinos continues to drop as Illinois prepares for massive gambling expansion," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of lotto was in 1778

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“Lotto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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