lottery
noun (plural -teries) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle French loterie, from Middle Dutch, from lot lot; akin to Old English hlot lot Date: 1567 1. a. a drawing of lots in which prizes are distributed to the winners among persons buying a chance b. a drawing of lots used to decide something 2. an event or affair whose outcome is or seems to be determined by chance

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