Part of speech: noun

A distribution of prizes by chance.

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Usage examples "lottery":

  1. Windy night that was I went to fetch her there was that lodge meeting on about those lottery tickets after Goodwin's concert in the supperroom or oakroom of the Mansion house. - "Ulysses", James Joyce.
  2. The king wished, this evening, after the lottery, to see Mademoiselle de la Valliere. - "Louise de la Valliere", Alexandre Dumas, Pere.
  3. In fact, if ever there was invented in this world a game, of which the old saying, " Heads I win, and tails you lose" held true, it would be of the Papal Lottery. - "Rome in 1860", Edward Dicey.