Lot"ter*y (?), n.; pl. Lotteries (#). [Lot + -ery, as in brewery, bindery.]
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.
⇒ The laws of the United States and of most of the States make lotteries illegal.<-- except those conducted by the states themselves -->
Allotment; thing allotted.
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