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noun lottery pronunciation in American English /ˈlɑtəri/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a game designed to raise money by selling lottery tickets that people buy hoping that their numbers are chosen by chance in the drawing so that they win a money prize
    the National Lottery
    She won a million dollars in the lottery.
  2. 2
    [singular] showing disapproval a situation where everything depends on luck or chance
    The standard of care you get in hospital is a bit of a lottery.


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