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lot·ter·y

 (lŏt′ə-rē)
n. pl. lot·ter·ies
1. A contest in which tokens are distributed or sold, the winning token or tokens being secretly predetermined or ultimately selected in a random drawing.
2. A selection made by lot from a number of applicants or competitors: The state uses a lottery to assign spaces in the campground.
3. An activity or event regarded as having an outcome depending on fate: They considered combat duty a lottery.

[French loterie, probably from Dutch loterije, from Middle Dutch, from lot, lot.]

lottery

(ˈlɒtərɪ)
n, pl -teries
1. (Games, other than specified) a method of raising money by selling numbered tickets and giving a proportion of the money raised to holders of numbers drawn at random
2. (Games, other than specified) a similar method of raising money in which players select a small group of numbers out of a larger group printed on a ticket. If a player's selection matches some or all of the numbers drawn at random the player wins a proportion of the prize fund
3. an activity or endeavour the success of which is regarded as a matter of fate or luck
[C16: from Old French loterie, from Middle Dutch loterije. See lot]

lot•ter•y

(ˈlɒt ə ri)

n., pl. -ter•ies.
1. a gambling game or method of raising money in which a large number of tickets are sold and a drawing is held for prizes.
2. a drawing of lots.
3. any happening or process that is or appears to be determined by chance: Life is a lottery.
[1560–70; < Dutch loterij; see lot, -ery]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lottery - something that is regarded as a chance eventlottery - something that is regarded as a chance event; "the election was just a lottery to them"
chance event, fortuity, accident, stroke - anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause; "winning the lottery was a happy accident"; "the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck"; "it was due to an accident or fortuity"
2.lottery - players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots
tombola - a lottery in which tickets are drawn from a revolving drum
gambling game, game of chance - a game that involves gambling
lucky dip - a game in which prizes (e.g., candies or coins) are concealed in a container and for a small sum a player can draw one out at random
numbers game, numbers pool, numbers racket, numbers - an illegal daily lottery
raffle - a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
sweepstakes - a lottery in which the prize consists of the money paid by the participants

lottery

noun
1. raffle, draw, lotto (Brit., N.Z., & S. African), sweepstake the national lottery
2. gamble, chance, risk, venture, hazard, toss-up (informal) Which judges are assigned to a case is always a bit of a lottery.
Translations
loterie
lotteri
arpajaiset
lutrija
lottó
happdrætti
宝くじ
복권
loterija
loterija
lotéria
loterija
lotteri
สลากกินแบ่ง
sổ xố

lottery

[ˈlɒtərɪ] Nlotería f

lottery

[ˈlɒtəri] n
(= game) → loterie f
to win the lottery → gagner à la loterie
(dependent on luck) to be a lottery → être une loterie
Marriage is a lottery → Le mariage est une loterie.
Finding a parking space can be a bit of a lottery
BUT On ne sait jamais si on va trouver une place pour se garer.

lottery

nLotterie f; life is a lotterydas Leben ist ein Glücksspiel; lottery ticketLotterielos nt; (for Lotto) → Tippschein inf, → Tippzettel inf

lottery

[ˈlɒtərɪ] nlotteria

lottery

(ˈlotəri) plural ˈlotteries noun
the sharing out of money or prizes won by chance, through drawing lots. They held a public lottery in aid of charity.

lottery

يَانَصِيبٌ loterie lotteri Lotterie λοταρία lotería arpajaiset loterie lutrija lotteria 宝くじ 복권 loterij lotteri loteria lotaria, loteria лотерея lotteri สลากกินแบ่ง piyango sổ xố 六合彩