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lotterynoun

uk   /ˈlɒt.ər.i/  us   /ˈlɑː.t̬ɚ.i/
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 ​theirnumber is ​chosen
[S] disapproving something that ​depends only on ​luck and is not ​fair: Education in ​England is something of a lottery.

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(Definition of lottery from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lotterynoun [C]

 us   /ˈlɑt̬·ər·i/
a ​system of ​sellingnumberedtickets 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.
(Definition of lottery from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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lotterynoun

uk   us   /ˈlɒtəri/ (plural lotteries)
[C] a ​game of chance, often ​organized by the ​government to ​raisemoney, in which ​peoplewincash if they have ​bought a ​winningticket: The ​councilapplied for a £40m ​grant from the national lottery to ​redeveloplocalfacilities.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 ​generalfund and lottery ​revenues for the two-year ​budgetperiod.
[S] something that is affected by luck rather than being ​controlled by a ​fairprocess: With ​interestratesrising, some ​peoplefeel that the ​propertymarket is a ​bit of a lottery at the moment.
(Definition of lottery from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lottery”
in Korean 로터리, 복권…
in Arabic يانَصيب…
in Malaysian loteri…
in French loterie…
in Russian лотерея…
in Chinese (Traditional) 抽彩,抽獎, 運氣,碰運氣的事…
in Italian lotteria…
in Turkish piyango, bir tür şans oyunu, kumar…
in Polish loteria…
in Spanish lotería…
in Vietnamese xổ số…
in Portuguese loteria…
in Thai สลากกินแบ่ง…
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…
in Indonesian undian…
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