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lotto

[lot-oh] /ˈlɒt oʊ/
noun
1.
a game of chance in which a leader draws numbered disks at random from a stock and the players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards, the winner being the first to cover a complete row.
2.
a lottery, as one operated by a state government, in which players choose numbers that are matched against those of the official drawing, the winning numbers typically paying large cash prizes.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Italian < Germanic; see lot
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British Dictionary definitions for lotti

lotto

/ˈlɒtəʊ/
noun
1.
Also called housey-housey. a children's game in which numbered discs, counters, etc, are drawn at random and called out, while the players cover the corresponding numbers on cards, the winner being the first to cover all the numbers, a particular row, etc Compare bingo
2.
a lottery
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from Old French lot, from Germanic. See lot
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Word Origin and History for lotti

lotto

n.

1778, "type of card game," from French loto and directly from Italian lotto "a lot," from Old French lot "lot, share, reward, prize," from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old English and Old Frisian hlot; see lot (n.)). Meaning "a lottery, a game of chance" is attested from 1787.

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