American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A contest in which tokens are distributed or sold, the winning token or tokens being secretly predetermined or ultimately selected in a random drawing.
- n. A selection made by lot from a number of applicants or competitors: The state uses a lottery to assign spaces in the campground.
- n. An activity or event regarded as having an outcome depending on fate: They considered combat duty a lottery.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Distribution of anything by lot; allotment; also, the drawing of lots; determination by chance or fate; random choice; matter of chance: as, the lottery of life.
- n. A scheme for raising money by selling chances to share in a distribution of prizes; more specifically, a scheme for the distribution of prizes by chance among persons purchasing tickets, the correspondingly numbered slips, or lots, representing prizes or blanks, being drawn from a wheel on a day previously announced in connection with the scheme of intended prizes. In law the term lottery embraces all schemes for the distribution of prizes by chance, such as policy-playing, gift-exhibitions, prize-concerts, raffles at fairs, etc., and includes various forms of gambling. Most of the governments of the continent of Europe have at different periods raised money for public purposes by means of lotteries; and a small sum was raised in America during the Revolution by a lottery authorized by the Continental Congress. Both state and private lotteries have been forbidden by law in Great Britain and in nearly all of the United States, Louisiana and Kentucky being the two notable exceptions.
- n. The lot or portion falling to one's share; a chance allotment or prize.
- n. A children's picture or print.
- n. 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.
- n. figuratively An affair of chance.
- n. obsolete, Shakespeare Allotment; a thing allotted.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Fig. A scheme for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance; esp., a gaming scheme in which one or more tickets bearing particular numbers draw prizes, and the rest of the tickets are blanks. An affair of chance.
- n. obsolete Allotment; thing allotted.
- n. players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots
- n. something that is regarded as a chance event
- from Italian lotteria, from the same root as Old English hlot (cognate with lot) (Wiktionary)
- French loterie, probably from Dutch loterije, from Middle Dutch, from lot, lot. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“But like Dunleavy, a spot in lottery is waiting for him.”
“You think the lottery is a shell game you should investigate social security, medicare, medicade. .etc..etc ..”
“I understand the lottery is aimed at people who want to win money and those who are well off already are unlikely to play.”
“A walk that took me right past the deli with the sign telling me that the lottery is at $340million.”
“Oh, and for perspective, the lottery is a game of chance in which you wage a dollar per guess to see if your numbers are then drawn which would then cause you to “win” some money.”
“It has been said that the lottery is a tax on the mathematically-disinclined.”
“The father of the family tried to buy $100 in lottery tickets with the credit.”
“The film opens with a quote from Geoffrey Canada, the CEO of Harlem Children's Zone (one of the programs whose lottery is featured in the film).”
“RPTM6 (UID#1840) on September 19th, 2009 at 12: 42 pm the odds of winning a scratch ticket are actually pretty good. they start at $1 and you rarely get one where you dont win anything. now the normal lottery is for idiots”
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