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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The state lottery, approved by voters 11 years ago, offers lotto and scratch-off tickets as close as the corner market.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lotto \Lot"to\ (l[cr]t"t[-o]), n. [F. loto or It. lotto, prop., a lot; of German origin. See Lot.] A game of chance, played with cards or tickets, on which are inscribed numbers, and any contrivance (as a wheel containing numbered balls) for determining a set of numbers by chance. The player holding a card having on it the set of numbers drawn from the wheel takes the stakes after a certain percentage of them has been deducted for the dealer. In some systems, lesser prizes are awarded for having some but not all of the numbers selected, such as four or five numbers in a six-number drawing. A variety of lotto is called keno. In another variety, the player chooses the numbers for the card or ticket s/he holds. There may be from three to seven different numbers on a card or ticket. In a modern computerized lotto system conducted by state authorities, the player chooses numbers, or allows the computer to choose numbers at random, which are then printed on a ticket that the player holds until the winning number is selected. [Often written loto.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1778, "type of card game," from French loto and directly from Italian lotto "a lot," from Old French lot "lot, share, reward, prize," from Frankish or some other Germanic source (compare Old English and Old Frisian hlot; see lot (n.)). Meaning "a lottery, a game of chance" is attested from 1787.


n. 1 a game of chance similar to bingo 2 a lottery


n. a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards [syn: bingo, beano, keno]


Lotto may refer to:

  • Lottery, a form of gambling
    • Six-number lottery games, which often have "Lotto" in their name
    • For lotteries and lottery games with Lotto or Loto in the name, see List of lotteries.
  • Lotto carpet, a carpet having a lacy arabesque pattern
  • Lotto Sport Italia, an Italian sports apparel manufacturer
  • Lotto-Belisol, a Belgian cycling team
  • Lorenzo Lotto, an Italian painter active during the Renaissance
  • "Lotto" (The Office), a 2011 episode of the US television series
  • Lotto (EXO Album), Exo (band)'s repackaged album
Lotto (The Office)

"Lotto" is the third episode of the eighth season of the American comedy television series The Office. It was written by Charlie Grandy and directed by cast member John Krasinski. The episode originally aired on NBC in the United States on October 6, 2011. The episode guest stars Mark Proksch as Nate and Hugh Dane as Hank the security guard.

The series—presented as if it were a real documentary—depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In the episode, the entire warehouse staff quits after winning the lottery, leaving Andy Bernard ( Ed Helms) and Darryl Philbin ( Craig Robinson) to scramble for replacements while Jim Halpert ( John Krasinski), Erin Hannon ( Ellie Kemper), Dwight Schrute ( Rainn Wilson), and Kevin Malone ( Brian Baumgartner) temporarily get a taste of the warehouse life.

"Lotto" received mixed reviews from television critics, with many enjoying Andy and Darryl's interaction. According to Nielsen Media Research, the episode was viewed by 5.82 million viewers and received a 3.2 rating/8 percent share among adult between the ages of 18 and 49, marking a slight drop in the ratings from the previous episode, " The Incentive".

Lotto (Milan Metro)

Lotto is a station on Line 1 of Milan Metro in Milan, Italy. The underground station was opened in 1964 and is located on Piazzale Lorenzo Lotto. Since 2015 it is also a station of the new line M5.

Usage examples of "lotto".

Navy Captain by the name of Thor Gunter Narwhal, who won a lot of money playing the lotto and spent it on a big sailing ship he fixed up to go cruising in.

Looking around the table, he realized with a creeping numbness that his father and he were sitting with half a dozen circus performers, a ringmaster, a dinosaur trainer, and Lotto Gluck himself.

The ringmaster nodded his relief to Lotto Gluck, who stood in the shadows on the edge of the center ring.

He clicks the button on the speakerphone, and his voice shaking like a man calling in to say he holds the winning Lotto ticket, takes Blanton with the twenty-fourth pick, pauses while the Giants make their pick, then takes McCurdy with the twenty-sixth.

All of them depended on hitting the Lotto, consistently and dependably.

After dinner, in the large drawing-room, everybody played lotto, without enjoyment, while the wind whistled madly around the house.

Daniel to the front door and out onto the porch, where Lotto waited with tail thumping.

Until Lotto brought home those bones, and they came to symbolize all the losses, all the mysteries, in her life.

It was the living room of my dreams, if, of course, I could manage to win three consecutive lotto jackpots in a row.

Lorenzo Lotto painting, and for a consideration contact some Louvre stringer.

Louvre then announces the discovery of a priceless old Lorenzo Lotto painting, got for a song!

They were co-owners of all of the transmitting and transporting stations, owners of all of the Planetary Auction Houses and owners of Galaxy Lotto, the planetary gambling consortium.

Spider said to Crystal, me and Wolfs lotto confer here for a little bit.

Well, I thought, at least they'll end it here, with Thorny a failure at both thirteen-drug lotto and electroshock therapy.

But my brothers had sleds and wagons and we girls had dolls and toy sewing machines and we had many indoor games in joint tenancy-dominoes and draughts and chess and jackstraws and lotto and pigs-in-clover and anagrams.