American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A lottery in which bets are made on an unpredictable number, such as a daily stock quotation.
- n. A lottery in which bettors attempt to guess which numbers will later be drawn randomly.
- n. The use of inappropriate statistics (numbers) to reflect a desired result (usually misleading).
- n. an illegal daily lottery
“Oddly, one of Stuey’s biggest wins as a teenager came not from gin or poker but from the neighborhood numbers racket—a mob-run lottery very much like the daily numbers game that the state runs today, the difference being that the numbers are generated not from a drawing but from the last three or four numbers of the handle the total sum of that day’s wagers at one of the local racetracks.”
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