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.
any scheme for the distribution of prizes by chance.
any happening or process that is or appears to be determined by chance:
to look upon life as a lottery.
“If I won the lottery and could afford to live in Manhattan, no one would care, but here, I can have an effect,” DeWitt said.
Atheist Ex-Pastor Jerry DeWitt’s Mission to Red America David Masciotra November 16, 2013
These days, women often view a decent job and an employed husband as if such good luck were tantamount to winning the lottery.
American Moms: Unsung Heroes of a Bad Economy Leslie Bennetts December 14, 2011
And the fact that Degrassi was set in Canada, made in Canada … well, that was like winning the lottery.
Wheels Is Dead: Remembering a Canadian Childhood Glynnis MacNicol February 29, 2012
Why, the majority of German lottery winners did not even quit their jobs.
Will Winning the Mega Millions Kill You? (Science Says No.) Kent Sepkowitz December 16, 2013
Two male patients wrote to him that they had won the lottery after the surgery.
Your Future Is in the Palm of Your (Surgeon’s) Hand Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky July 11, 2013
If you smile your face will be attractive, no matter how unlucky you were in the lottery of beauty.
Evening Round Up William Crosbie Hunter
We put into a lottery for a beefsteak pudding, and it is impossible to say what we may get.
Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens
Those who form companionships amid such circumstances go into a lottery where there are twenty blanks to one prize.
New Tabernacle Sermons Thomas De Witt Talmage
It was at the time when the Chamber was asked to authorise the issue of lottery stock.
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola
The ministers preferred ready money by annuities for ninety-nine years, and by a lottery.
Old and New London Walter Thornbury
noun (pl) -teries
a method of raising money by selling numbered tickets and giving a proportion of the money raised to holders of numbers drawn at random
a similar method of raising money in which players select a small group of numbers out of a larger group printed on a ticket. If a player’s selection matches some or all of the numbers drawn at random the player wins a proportion of the prize fund
an activity or endeavour the success of which is regarded as a matter of fate or luck
1560s, “arrangement for a distribution of prizes by chance,” from Italian lotteria, from lotto “lot, portion, share,” from same root as Old English hlot (see lot). Cf. Middle French loterie, from Middle Dutch loterje, from lot (n.).
an act or instance of . Usually, machinations. crafty schemes; plots; intrigues. Historical Examples It was not the machination or revenge of a disappointed suitor. Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851. Various It is pleasant to record that all this match-making and machination came to naught. Child Life in Colonial Days […]
to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority. John (“Jack”) 1917–1999, Irish political leader: prime minister 1966–73, 1977–79. Contemporary Examples It was a culmination, that election, of two generations of political struggle, and lynch was the culminator. Bill Lynch, the Culminator Michael Tomasky August 11, 2013 But Dinkins had […]
an apparatus consisting of interrelated parts with separate functions, used in the performance of some kind of work: a sewing machine. a mechanical apparatus or contrivance; mechanism. Mechanics. a device that transmits or modifies force or motion. Also called simple machine. any of six or more elementary mechanisms, as the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, […]
an assemblage of or mechanical apparatuses: the machinery of a factory. the parts of a , collectively: the machinery of a watch. a group of people or a system by which action is maintained or by which some result is obtained: the machinery of government. a group of contrivances for producing stage effects. the group […]