play the lottery

idiom

Definition of play the lottery

: to buy tickets for a lottery run by a government

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“Play the lottery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20the%20lottery. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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