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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
References in classic literature ?
A miser who has parted with a lucky lottery ticket for five shillings, and finds next day he has lost in the bargain five thousand pounds, could not show a blanker countenance than he did on beholding the figure of Mr.
So afflicted to find that his friend has drawn a prize in the lottery of Sainte Guillotine?
I say that love is a lottery in which he who wins, wins death
Phillips protested that they would have a nice comfortable noisy game of lottery tickets, and a little bit of hot supper afterwards.
While the means held out, his speculations had been magnificent, but were chiefly confined, of late years, to such small business as adventures in the lottery.
But he thought of it now as a thing so unattainable and improbable that to have repined would have been like despairing because one had not drawn the first prize in a lottery.
Italy has achieved the dearest wish of her heart and become an independent State--and in so doing she has drawn an elephant in the political lottery.
The persistent servant went on to relate that De Guiche had just invented a new game of lottery, and was teaching it to the ladies.
Then he began his preparation for the lottery of death, while Jane Porter sat wide-eyed and horrified at thought of the thing that she was about to witness.
I might be investin' in lottery tickets, only I ain't.
Observe in a family some old charwoman who can make beds, sweep the floors, carry away the dirty linen, who knows where the silver is kept, how the creditors should be pacified, what persons should be let in and who must be kept out of the house, and such a creature, even if she has all the vices, and is dirty, decrepit, and toothless, or puts into the lottery and steals thirty sous a day for her stake, and you will find the masters like her from habit, talk and consult in her hearing upon even critical matters; she comes and goes, suggests resources, gets on the scent of secrets, brings the rouge or the shawl at the right moment, lets herself be scolded and pushed downstairs, and the next morning reappears smiling with an excellent bouillon.
I forget, by-the-bye, whether that Miss Browndock was the same lady that got the ten thousand pounds prize in the lottery, but I think she was; indeed, now I come to think of it, I am sure she was.