lot·tery /ˈlɑtəri ||ˈlɑtri/
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.]
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]