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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The Nets have a 7.5 percent chance of winning the lottery. In 2010, they had the best odds of any team, but ended up taking Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors with the third pick.
I examine the impact of winning the lottery on crime separately for groups of students with different propensities to commit crimes, with a focus on the highest-risk group.
The United Church, in one of its annual submissions to the government of Saskatchewan, once pointed out that statistically you have a better chance of being murdered or struck by lightning in that province than of winning the lottery.
The revelation of a de-commissioned system of 12" to 16" pipes already running the length of the City below 34th Street down to Coney Island is tantamount to winning the lottery for relieved building owners and managers whose properties lie in close proximity to the water pipes.
As the series entered its final season this past fall, viewers watched Roseanne immerse herself in a series of fantasy-based situations, from winning the lottery to imagining herself as Barbara Eden in the classic TV series I Dream of Jeannie.
"Sometimes winning the lottery can bring as much bad luck as it brings good luck.
Cleveland expects to be improved this season after winning the lottery for the second time in three seasons and drafting Anthony Bennett, a 6-foot-8 forward from Canada via UNLV, to go with Kyrie Irving from 2011, but Bennett showed nothing early on, making only 1 of 20 shots and averaging 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in his first six games.
IN response to Paddy Shennan's comments around the Kirkby lottery win; to me, winning the lottery would cause no problems whatsoever and, if you get stressed out about deciding what you are going to do if you win, don''t have a go, problem solved.
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And John said: "Winning the Lottery has certainly made me happy.
Sarah said: "It would be great if someone from the North-East won the Euro Millions draw, winning the lottery has changed my life.