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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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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.
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Translations
loterie
lotteri
arpajaiset
lutrija
lottó
happdrætti
宝くじ
복권
loterija
loterija
lotéria
loterija
lotteri
สลากกินแบ่ง
sổ xố

lottery

[ˈlɒtərɪ] Nlotería f
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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.
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lottery

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

[ˈlɒtərɪ] nlotteria
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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.
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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
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"Lottery" was spelt as "lottory" and "Spanish" as "Spainish".
Racing-mad Wood, who scooped a pounds 2.68 million Lottory jackpot, sponsored his first fixture at Folkestone in 1996, and he has decided to do it twice this year.