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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. Allotment; thing allotted. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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