Lottery means:

State lotteries are a huge industry, with Americans spending more than $100 billion each year on tickets. But they weren’t always so popular, and they have a long and sometimes rocky history in the United States. State lotteries are regulated by the state government, with each jurisdiction having its own laws and regulations. The administration of lotteries is usually delegated to a special lottery division, which selects retailers, trains employees at retail stores to use lottery terminals and sell tickets, manages high-tier prizes, promotes the lottery’s games, pays winning ticketholders, and works with other government agencies on regulatory issues. Lottery revenues often expand rapidly and then level off, requiring the introduction of new games to sustain or increase revenue. In addition, the advertising that is required to persuade the public to spend their money on lotteries necessarily promotes gambling, which can have negative consequences for poor people and problem gamblers. Is this an appropriate function for government at any level to perform?