|Origin:||loterie, from Middle Dutch, from lot 'lot'|
lot‧te‧ry S3 plural lotteries
a game used to make money for a state or a charity in which people buy tickets with a series of numbers on them. If their number is picked by chance, they win money or a prize [↪ raffle, draw]:
a lottery ticket
Do you really think winning the lottery would make you happy?
2 [uncountable and countable] American English
a system of choosing who will get something by choosing people's names by chance
The State Department issues 55,000 visas each year by lottery.
a situation in which what happens depends on chance and is not certain to be successful:
That's the trouble with capitalism. It's a lottery.