a lottery vs a raffle

  • Harry Batt

    Senior Member
    USA English
    In general usage a raffle has a thiing as a prize. Hence the idiom, "Let's raffle it off."The thing might be an automobile, motorcycle, bicycle or some other often donated prize. A lottery might also have a prize, but it is usually associated with a money winning. A lottery, unlike a raffle, might often be a repetitive chance and provide for an increase of the prize in case there is no winner which requires that you buy another chance.


    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    "Any kind of draw where participants have to pay money to have an equal chance of winning a prize is actually defined as a lottery."

    In normal usage, Harry Batt's distinction between raffle and lottery applies here too.
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