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lottery

noun
 
 
/ˈlɒtəri/ ( plural lotteries)
[C] a game of chance, often organized by the government to raise money, in which people win cash if they have bought a winning ticket: The council applied for a £40m grant from the national lottery to redevelop local facilities.lottery ticket/jackpot/winner Last night's national lottery jackpot of €2.8m was won by two lucky ticket-holders.lottery funding/money/revenue The state is expected to have $15.6 billion in general fund and lottery revenues for the two-year budget period.
[S] something that is affected by luck rather than being controlled by a fair process: With interest rates rising, some people feel that the property market is a bit of a lottery at the moment.
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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