from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A game of chance similar to bingo.
- n. A lottery, typically with an accumulating jackpot, in which participants play numbers of their choice in a random drawing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a game of chance similar to bingo
- n. a lottery
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A game of chance, played with cards or tickets, on which are inscribed numbers, and any contrivance (as a wheel containing numbered balls) for determining a set of numbers by chance. The player holding a card having on it the set of numbers drawn from the wheel takes the stakes after a certain percentage of them has been deducted for the dealer. In some systems, lesser prizes are awarded for having some but not all of the numbers selected, such as four or five numbers in a six-number drawing. A variety of lotto is called keno. In another variety, the player chooses the numbers for the card or ticket s/he holds. There may be from three to seven different numbers on a card or ticket. In a modern computerized lotto system conducted by state authorities, the player chooses numbers, or allows the computer to choose numbers at random, which are then printed on a ticket that the player holds until the winning number is selected.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game played with disks and cards.
- n. Same as keno.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards
Italian and French loto, both from French lot, lot, from Old French, from Frankish *lot.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)