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lottery

noun allotment by chance, bet, chance, draw, drawing, gamble, game of chance, lot, raffle, sors, sortitio, sweepstake, wager

LOTTERY. A scheme for the distribution of prizes by chance.
     2. In most, if not all of the United States, lotteries not specially authorized by the legislatures of the respective states are prohibited, and the persons concerned in establishing them are subjected to a heavy penalty. This is the case in Alabama, Connecticut Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. In Louisiana, a license is granted to sell tickets in a lottery not authorized by the legislature of that state, on the payment of $5000, and the license extends only to one lottery. In many of the states, the lotteries authorized by other states, are absolutely prohibited Encycl. Amer. h.t.

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To combat a negative stigma toward lotteries, proponents of lotteries are quick to argue that the games of chance fund various "worthwhile" projects--which is how they get their foot in the door with the legislatures in the first place.
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John McGuire, Managing Director for Irish Rehab Lotteries has said of the launch, "It is undoubtedly the most serious attempt yet in this country to use the Internet to generate fundraising income for good causes.
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It is time for lotteries to step up to the technology plate and use the efficiency, ubiquity and security of new telecommunication technologies to provide the type and level of service and convenience expected by today's techno-savvy consumers", said Downing.
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