Meaning of “lottery” in the English Dictionary

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"lottery" in British English

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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 their number 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)

"lottery" in American English

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lotterynoun [ C ]

us /ˈlɑt̬·ər·i/

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.

(Definition of “lottery” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lottery" in Business English

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uk /ˈlɒtəri/ us 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.

(Definition of “lottery” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)