lotterylot‧te‧ry /ˈlɒtəri $ ˈlɑː-/ ●○○ noun (plural lotteries)1[countable]DGG a game used to make money for a state or a charity in which people buytickets with a series of numbers on them. If their number is picked by chance, they win money or a prize → raffle, drawa lottery ticketDo you really think winning the lottery would make you happy?national/state lottery2[countable, uncountable] American English a system of deciding who will get something by choosing people’s names by chanceby lotteryThe State Department issues 55,000 visas each year by lottery.3 →a lottery
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lottery• Nine hundred Maine residents and 100 nonresidents had their names drawn from a lottery.• But it was a lottery and lotteries were undesirable.• They have spent a lifetime playing the birthlottery.• the NFL draftlottery• They will hate you with a loathingreserved for lotterywinners.• A baby's sex is a geneticlottery. It all depends on the chromosomes the babyreceives from its parents.• Franken also avoidedmilitaryservice with student deferments while at Harvard and, ultimately, a high lottery number.• The organisers of the poolsbelieve that hugejackpots are their bestweapon in fighting the threatposed by a nationallottery.• They had been playing the lotterytogether for more than a year, and they trusted him.• Similarly, if you have just won the lottery, go to an adviser who specialises in high networthindividuals.winning the lottery• My winning the lottery is improbable, because there are so many sequences of numbers other than mine that could come up.• Compare that with the one-in-14m chance of winning the lottery in Britain.• To stand a chance of winning the lottery, you need lots of different tickets.• The prize has been called the equivalent for a novelist of winning the lottery.by lottery• The State Departmentissues 55,000 visas each year by lottery.From Longman Business Dictionarylotterylot‧te‧ry /ˈlɒtəriˈlɑː-/ noun (plural lotteries)1[countable] a game of chance in which people buy tickets with numbers on and some people win prizes. Lotteries are often used to raise money for the government or for a CHARITYThe national lottery generates substantial additional funds for charities and other good causes.a lottery winner2[singular] when what happens depends on chance or luckThe stock market is too much of a lottery.