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"lottery" in British English

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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 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)

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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)

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lotterynoun

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)
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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