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Definitions of lottery

  1. something that is regarded as a chance event; "the election was just a lottery to them" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed according to the drawing of lots Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. 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 tickets are blanks. Fig. : An affair of chance. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Allotment; thing allotted. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A distribution of prizes by chance; selling of chances. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A distribution of prizes by lot or chance: a game of chance. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A distribution of prizes by chance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A distribution or a scheme for the distribution of prizes by chance. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. A distribution of money or goods by chance or lot; the distribution itself. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for lottery

  1. This element of human lottery in the administration of the law should surely be kept under as far as possible. – The Law and the Poor by Edward Abbott Parry
  2. These are the unhappy persons who, in the great lottery of life, have drawn a blank. – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
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