lottery

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Etymology[edit]

from Italian lotteria, from the same root as Old English hlot (cognate with lot).

Noun[edit]

lottery (plural lotteries)

  1. A scheme for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance, especially a gaming scheme in which one or more tickets bearing particular numbers draw prizes, the other tickets are blanks.
  2. (figuratively) An affair of chance.
  3. (obsolete, Shakespeare) Allotment; a thing allotted.

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