: a raffle in which usually numbered tickets are drawn at random from a revolving drum with prizes awarded to those drawing tickets that match numbers preassigned to a prize
Tickets this year cost £27, but a student organising committee has been working for months on raising money through tombolas and cake sales to keep costs down.—Sally Weale
: the drum from which tickets are drawn
… while punters bet on six numbers between one and 49 chosen from a spinning tombola, the bookmakers are adamant that in no way, shape or form is it a genuine lottery. —Greg Wood
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