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lottery

noun     /ˈlɒt.ər.i/ US  /ˈlɑː.t̬ɚ-/
B1 [C] a game, often organized by the state or a charity in order to make money, in which tickets with numbers are sold to people who then have a chance of winning a prize if their number is chosenGambling and bookmakingTaking risks [S] disapproving something that depends only on luck and is not fair: Education in England is something of a lottery.Chance and randomness
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