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lottery

noun [C]  /ˈlɑt̬·ər·i/ us  
a system of selling numbered tickets and giving prizes to those people whose numbers are chosen by chance: Even if she won the lottery, Paige says she’d still keep her job.
Translations of “lottery”
in Korean 로터리, 복권…
in Arabic يانَصيب…
in French loterie…
in Turkish piyango, bir tür şans oyunu, kumar…
in Italian lotteria…
in Chinese (Traditional) 抽彩,抽獎, 運氣,碰運氣的事…
in Russian лотерея…
in Polish loteria…
in Spanish lotería…
in Portuguese loteria…
in German die Lotterie…
in Catalan loteria…
in Japanese 宝くじ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 抽彩,抽奖, 运气,碰运气的事…
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