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[n] players buy chances and prizes are distributed according to the drawing of lots
[n] something that is regarded as a chance event; "the election was just a lottery to them"

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drawing

Misc. Definitions

\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 tickets are blanks. Fig. : An affair of chance. Note: The laws of the United States and of most of the States make lotteries illegal.
2. Allotment; thing allotted. [Obs.] --Shak.

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