Definition of

Lottery

  1. (noun, event) something that is regarded as a chance event
  2. (noun, act) players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Lottery

drawing

Origin of the word Lottery

  1. 1560s, "arrangement for a distribution of prizes by chance," from It. lotteria, from same root as O.E. hlot (see lot). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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