Type of gambling in which winners are chosen by drawing of lots, from among those who have paid money to participate. Promotional schemes requiring a consideration (a purchase) to take part, and offering prizes only on the basis of random chance are considered a lottery and are generally illegal. In comparison, a sweepstake eliminates consideration and a contest eliminates chance.

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  • There was a lottery to choose the winner in our state and Bob Jones was fortunate enough to win the big prize.

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  • Carol buys two lottery tickets each week and almost believes this is a good retirement plan even though her chances of winning are very low.

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  • The fat cats of industry award themselves pensions that look like lottery numbers - the sort of pensions their workforce can only dream about.

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