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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 lot·tery /ˈlɑtəri ||ˈlɑtri/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lot·ter·y n.; pl. Lotteries
 1. 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 the tickets are blanks. Fig.: An affair of chance.
 Note:The laws of the United States and of most of the States make private lotteries illegal, except in certain circumstances for charitable institutions; however, many of the states now conduct lotteries tehmselves as a revenue source.
 2. Allotment; thing allotted. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: something that is regarded as a chance event; "the election
           was just a lottery to them"
      2: players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are
         distributed according to the drawing of lots [syn: drawing]