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lottery

[lot-uh-ree] /ˈlɒt ə ri/
noun, plural lotteries.
1.
a gambling game or method of raising money, as for some public charitable purpose, in which a large number of tickets are sold and a drawing is held for certain prizes.
2.
any scheme for the distribution of prizes by chance.
3.
any happening or process that is or appears to be determined by chance:
to look upon life as a lottery.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Middle Dutch loterie (whence also French loterie). See lot, -ery
Related forms
antilottery, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-lottery

lottery

/ˈlɒtərɪ/
noun (pl) -teries
1.
a method of raising money by selling numbered tickets and giving a proportion of the money raised to holders of numbers drawn at random
2.
a similar method of raising money in which players select a small group of numbers out of a larger group printed on a ticket. If a player's selection matches some or all of the numbers drawn at random the player wins a proportion of the prize fund
3.
an activity or endeavour the success of which is regarded as a matter of fate or luck
Word Origin
C16: from Old French loterie, from Middle Dutch loterije. See lot
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Word Origin and History for anti-lottery

lottery

n.

1560s, "arrangement for a distribution of prizes by chance," from Italian lotteria, from lotto "lot, portion, share," from same root as Old English hlot (see lot). Cf. Middle French loterie, from Middle Dutch loterje, from lot (n.).

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