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n. pl. lot·tos
1. A game of chance similar to bingo.
2. A lottery, typically with an accumulating jackpot, in which participants play numbers of their choice in a random drawing.

[Italian and French loto, both from French lot, lot, from Old French, from Frankish *lot.]
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1. (Games, other than specified) Also called: housey-housey a children's game in which numbered discs, counters, etc, are drawn at random and called out, while the players cover the corresponding numbers on cards, the winner being the first to cover all the numbers, a particular row, etc. Compare bingo
2. (Games, other than specified) a lottery
[C18: from Italian, from Old French lot, from Germanic. See lot]
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(ˈlɒt oʊ)

n., pl. -tos.
1. a game of chance that is similar to bingo.
2. a lottery, esp. one operated by a state government, in which players choose numbers that are matched against those of the official drawing.
[1770–80; < Italian < Germanic; see lot]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cardslotto - a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards
board game - a game played on a specially designed board
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noun (Brit., S. African, & N.Z.) lottery, national lottery, draw, raffle, sweepstake If you won the lotto, what would you do with the money?
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[ˈlɒtəʊ] N (= game) → lotería f
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There is a great deal of pleasure to be had from specific paintings throughout the thought-provoking Lotto exhibition at the National Gallery, but the cumulative effect of seeing so many Lottos together is perhaps more interesting than almost any single picture in the show.
Among the most distinctive paintings in this category were half a dozen or so works by Lorenzo Lotto.
In the context of the show at the Grand Palais, Lotto's suavely painted pictures looked at once typical of Venetian paintings of the period and, well, a little peculiar.
Lotto, by contrast, moved frequently, probably, it is believed, in pursuit of commissions.
After his death, Lotto's work sank into relative obscurity, perhaps because Vasari, in his essential, gossipy chronicle of Renaissance art, Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, gave Lotto only the briefest of mentions, praising his colors and sleek surfaces.