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    won a/the lottery

    I wish I won a lottery.

    I wish I won the lottery.

    Are both sentences correct? If so, what is the difference in meaning?

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    Re: won a/the lottery

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I wish I won a lottery.

    I wish I won the lottery.
    Neither is correct:

    I wish I had won a/the lottery - in the past; but I didn't.
    I wish I won a/the lottery every week - but I don't.
    I hope I can win a/the lottery - in the future.

    We normally have only one (national) lottery in mind, so the is more likely. However, if the speaker buys tickets for more than one lottery, then a is possible.

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