Lottery vs. Raffle

By Jaxson

  • Lottery

    A lottery is a form of gambling that involves the drawing of numbers for a prize. Lotteries are outlawed by some governments, while others endorse it to the extent of organizing a national or state lottery. It is common to find some degree of regulation of lottery by governments; the most common regulation is prohibition of sale to minors. Though lotteries were common in the United States and some other countries during the 19th century, by the beginning of the 20th century, most forms of gambling, including lotteries and sweepstakes, were illegal in the U.S. and most of Europe as well as many other countries. This remained so until well after World War II. In the 1960s casinos and lotteries began to re-appear throughout the world as a means for governments to raise revenue without raising taxes.

    Lotteries come in many formats. For example, the prize can be a fixed amount of cash or goods. In this format there is risk to the organizer if insufficient tickets are sold. More commonly the prize fund will be a fixed percentage of the receipts. A popular form of this is the “50–50” draw where the organizers promise that the prize will be 50% of the revenue. Many recent lotteries allow purchasers to select the numbers on the lottery ticket, resulting in the possibility of multiple winners.

  • Raffle

    A raffle is a gambling competition in which people obtain numbered tickets, each ticket having the chance of winning a prize. At a set time, the winners are drawn from a container holding a copy of every number. The drawn tickets are checked against a collection of prizes with numbers attached to them, and the holder of the ticket wins the prize.

    The raffle is a popular game in numerous countries and is often held to raise funds for a specific charity or event.

  • Lottery (noun)

    A scheme for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance, especially a gaming scheme in which one or more tickets bearing particular numbers draw prizes, the other tickets are blanks.

  • Lottery (noun)

    An affair of chance.

  • Lottery (noun)

    Allotment; a thing allotted.

  • Raffle (noun)

    A drawing, often held as a fundraiser, in which tickets or chances are sold to win a prize.

    “He entered a raffle to win a lifetime supply of toothpaste, but he did not win.”

  • Raffle (noun)

    A game of dice in which the player who throws three of the same number wins all the stakes.

  • Raffle (noun)

    refuse; rubbish

  • Raffle (verb)

    To award something by means of a raffle or random drawing, often used with off.

    “They raffled off four gift baskets.”

  • Raffle (verb)

    To participate in a raffle.

    “to raffle for a watch”


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