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Meaning of lottery

lot•ter•y

Pronunciation: (lot'u-rē), [key]
— pl. -ter•ies.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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