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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
postcode lottery
▪ Some sufferers are denied treatment because of the postcode lottery.
▪ I agree with my hon. Friend about the usefulness of a national lottery.
▪ Key elements of the new department will be the introduction of a national lottery and of a Millennium Fund.
▪ To supply these funds he reestablished the national lottery which afforded the government about one hundred thousand duros a year.
▪ The organisers of the pools believe that huge jackpots are their best weapon in fighting the threat posed by a national lottery.
▪ A new national lottery to aid sport, the arts and the national heritage.
▪ He will take over responsibility for broadcasting from the Home Office in addition to administering the new national lottery.
▪ Try your luck at the fairest, squarest state lottery of them all!
▪ The state lottery, approved by voters 11 years ago, offers lotto and scratch-off tickets as close as the corner market.
▪ Other measures gave us the state lottery, coastline protection, guaranteed levels of school finance and term limits.
▪ Informal sector activities include such occupations as street-vending of lottery tickets, food, combs, cigarettes and the inevitable chewing gum.
▪ By comparison, lottery tickets can be bought as easily as chewing gum at hundreds of retail outlets and news agents.
▪ Selling lottery tickets among your friends is one way; recruiting new members is another.
▪ It was an unlikely gift, a winning lottery ticket that had dropped from the sky, and that was all.
▪ There were blind men begging, selling lottery tickets.
▪ As the cantor was reciting the Eighteen Benedictions, one fellow was trying to sell a lottery ticket.
▪ A baby's sex is a genetic lottery. It all depends on the chromosomes the baby receives from its parents.
▪ the NFL draft lottery
▪ But it was a lottery and lotteries were undesirable.
▪ Franken also avoided military service with student deferments while at Harvard and, ultimately, a high lottery number.
▪ Nine hundred Maine residents and 100 nonresidents had their names drawn from a lottery.
▪ Similarly, if you have just won the lottery, go to an adviser who specialises in high net worth individuals.
▪ The organisers of the pools believe that huge jackpots are their best weapon in fighting the threat posed by a national lottery.
▪ They had been playing the lottery together for more than a year, and they trusted him.
▪ They have spent a lifetime playing the birth lottery.
▪ They will hate you with a loathing reserved for lottery winners.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lottery \Lot"ter*y\, n.; pl. Lotteries. [Lot + -ery, as in brewery, bindery.]

  1. A scheme for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance; esp., a gaming scheme in which one or more tickets bearing particular numbers draw prizes, and the rest of the tickets are blanks. Fig.: An affair of chance.

    Note: The laws of the United States and of most of the States make private lotteries illegal, except in certain circumstances for charitable institutions; however, many of the states now conduct lotteries tehmselves as a revenue source.

  2. Allotment; thing allotted. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1560s, "arrangement for a distribution of prizes by chance," from Italian lotteria, from lotto "lot, portion, share," from same root as Old English hlot (see lot). Compare Middle French loterie, from Middle Dutch loterje, from lot (n.).


n. 1 A scheme for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance, especially a gaming scheme in which one or more tickets bearing particular numbers draw prizes, the other tickets are blanks. 2 (context figuratively English) An affair of chance. 3 (context obsolete Shakespeare English) allotment; a thing allotted.

  1. n. something that is regarded as a chance event; "the election was just a lottery to them"

  2. players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed according to the drawing of lots [syn: drawing]

Lottery (probability)

In expected utility theory, a lottery is a discrete distribution of probability on a set of states of nature. The elements of a lottery correspond to the probabilities that each of the states of nature will occur. In economics, individuals are assumed to rank lotteries according to a rational system of preferences, although it is now accepted that people make irrational choices systematically. Behavioral economics studies what happens in markets in which some of the agents display human complications and limitations.

Lottery (short story)

Lottery is a Hindustani short story written by the Indian author Premchand. The story is told in narrative form from the voice of an unnamed school teacher. The story has been adapted to plays, with theatrical performances presented by Lalit Parimoo's Natsamaj Theatre Group, as well as Mujeeb Khan's Ideal Drama and Entertainment Academy.

Lottery (novel)

Lottery is a 2007 novel by Patricia Wood. Her first published novel, it was shortlisted for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Lottery (film)

Lottery is a 2009 Bollywood thriller film released in 2009 starring Abhijeet and Rucha Gujarathi in title roles while some ensemble cast have supporting roles. The movie is produced by Govind Satnam, directed by Hemant Prabhu and story is written by Aadesh K. Arjun.


A lottery is a form of gambling which involves the drawing of lots for a prize. Lotteries are outlawed by some governments, while others endorse it to the extent of organizing a national or state lottery. It is common to find some degree of regulation of lottery by governments. Though lotteries were common in the United States and some other countries during the 19th century, by the beginning of the 20th century, most forms of gambling, including lotteries and sweepstakes, were illegal in the U.S. and most of Europe as well as many other countries. This remained so until well after World War II. In the 1960s casinos and lotteries began to re-appear throughout the world as a means for governments to raise revenue without raising taxes.

Lotteries come in many formats. For example, the prize can be a fixed amount of cash or goods. In this format there is risk to the organizer if insufficient tickets are sold. More commonly the prize fund will be a fixed percentage of the receipts. A popular form of this is the "50–50" draw where the organizers promise that the prize will be 50% of the revenue. Many recent lotteries allow purchasers to select the numbers on the lottery ticket, resulting in the possibility of multiple winners.

The purchase of lottery tickets cannot be accounted for by decision models based on expected value maximization. The reason is that lottery tickets cost more than the expected gain, as shown by lottery mathematics, so someone maximizing expected value should not buy lottery tickets. Yet, lottery purchases can be explained by decision models based on expected utility maximization, as the curvature of the utility function can be adjusted to capture risk-seeking behavior. More general models based on utility functions defined on things other than the lottery outcomes can also account for lottery purchase. In addition to the lottery prizes, the ticket may enable some purchasers to experience a thrill and to indulge in a fantasy of becoming wealthy. If the entertainment value (or other non-monetary value) obtained by playing is high enough for a given individual, then the purchase of a lottery ticket could represent a gain in overall utility. In such a case, the disutility of a monetary loss could be outweighed by the combined expected utility of monetary and non-monetary gain, thus making the purchase a rational decision for that individual.

Lottery (disambiguation)

A lottery is a form of gambling which involves the drawing of lots for a prize.

Lottery may also refer to:

  • NBA Draft Lottery, a lottery used to determine draft order in the National Basketball Association
  • Postcode lottery, a phrase used in the United Kingdom to describe the differences in services depending on geographic location
  • Lottery (racehorse), a 19th-century champion racehorse
  • " The Lottery", a short story by Shirley Jackson; this article also describes some dramatizations, including:
    • The Lottery#1969 film
    • The Lottery#1996 TV film
  • Lottery (short story), a short story by Munshi Premchand
  • The Lottery (2010 film), about a charter school admission lottery
  • The Lottery (1989 film), about a lost winning ticket
  • The Lottery (TV series), a 2014 post-apocalyptic drama television series
  • " The Lottery in Babylon", a short story by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Lottery!, an American television show from the 1980s
  • Mountain Road Lottery, a lottery sponsored by George Washington in 1768
  • Lottery (probability), a concept used in Expected Utility Theory
  • Lottery (novel), a novel by Patricia Wood
Lottery (horse)

Lottery was the winner of the 1839 Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree, near Liverpool, England. This is often stated as the first running of this famous race as it was the first to truly attract National interest in the United Kingdom. It was actually recorded by the press of the time as the fourth running, but the previous three races failed to capture the imagination and were quickly forgotten.

One Victorian commentator claimed that Lottery could trot faster than most of his rivals could gallop, and it was widely believed that he would have won the National more than once had it not been for a heavy weight burden imposed in 1841 that left him little chance of victory. However, he also failed to win the 1840 Grand National when, without the huge weight burden, he fell at the wall. Some courses were so concerned that Lottery would scare away the opposition that they framed the conditions of races to stipulate that they were open to any horse bar the winner of the Cheltenham Steeplechase, said horse being Lottery.

Lottery (Kali Uchis song)

Lottery is a single by Colombian "Virginia-via-Colombia" singer Kali Uchis. It is the single off her debut EP, Por Vida.

Usage examples of "lottery".

It was a cold-blooded lottery that paid off often enough to be worthwhile adapting for.

I began by showing him that Leticia Nazareno owed us for an amount of taffeta twice the nautical distance to Santa Maria del Altar, that is, one hundred ninety leagues, and he said aha as if to himself, and I ended up by showing him that the total debt with the special discount for your excellency was equal to six times the grand prize in the lottery for ten years, and he said aha again and only then did he look at me directly without his glasses and I could see that his eyes were timid and indulgent, and only then did he tell me with a strange voice of harmony that our reasons were clear and just, to each his own, he said, have them send the bill to the government.

After the customary greetings he began by complimenting me on the success of my lottery, and then remarked that I had distributed tickets for more than six thousand francs.

They began to talk of the lottery which was to be drawn the day after next, and all the girls mentioned the numbers on which they had risked a few bajocchi.

At dessert Calsabigi begged me to give him my opinion of a scheme he had drafted, the aim of which was to bring in a sum of two million crowns, so that the credit of the lottery might remain secure.

Then, abruptly, men were screaming, crying and fighting for the precious bracky, like the legions of the damned grabbing for lottery tickets when the prize was a passport to paradise.

Calsabigi came to me from his brother, with a large sheet of paper containing all the calculations pertaining to the lottery.

Vernai remarked that if the worst came to the worst the lottery could be suppressed.

He told me that my decisive way of speaking had made a great impression, and he was certain that if I cared to make interest with the comptroller we could set up the lottery and make a large profit.

I finally told them that no man of honour and learning would volunteer to conduct the lottery on the understanding that it was to win every time, and that if anyone had the impudence to give such an undertaking they should turn him out of the room forthwith, for it was impossible that such an agreement could be maintained except by some roguery.

Hitherto the lottery had always been a gainer, but its late loss could not have come at a worse time.

She closed the library early and drove fast along the seamless neighborhood streets, passed the bright clumps of all-night megastores packed with tired people buying groceries, lottery tickets, booze and drugs, sweaters, shoes, dinette sets.

These five numbers were very profitable to the Lottery of Naples, for everyone, myself excepted, rushed to get them.

A lean Kandori with a large pearl in her left ear and silver chains across her chest sat her saddle calmly, gloved hand folded on the pommel, maybe still unaware that her gray gelding and her wagon teams alike would be put into the lottery once she was into the city.

He shewed me the pile of papers, on which he had worked out all the problems referring to the lottery.