play the lottery

idiom

: to buy tickets for a lottery run by a government

Examples of play the lottery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other Democrats are floating more modest ideas such as letting residents play the lottery online. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2023 People could also play the lottery on their phones. Mike Cason | McAson@al.com, al, 17 Mar. 2021 Many people who can least afford to lose money play the lottery with a significant percentage of their annual take-home income. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Frank Reich gave his team a chance to play the lottery on Thursday. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Aug. 2021 McClendon’s bill would set up a commission to oversee a lottery that would include multi-state games like Mega Millions and Powerball, instant games, and allow people to play the lottery on their smart phones. Mike Cason | McAson@al.com, al, 13 Apr. 2021 At Nobleman’s Cut & Shave in Fort Lauderdale’s Progresso neighborhood, co-owner Kevin Grande doesn’t play the lottery often, but plans to make an effort to buy some tickets on Friday the 13th — one for himself and one for his mom. Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2023 Ask out your crush, plan a fun date with your S.O., or play the lottery. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 27 Dec. 2022 Even after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Don Lupe still tried to fix cars and play the lottery, his wife said. Laura Rodríguez Presa, Chicago Tribune, 8 Dec. 2022 See More

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“Play the lottery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20the%20lottery. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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