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    playing the lottery

    Are there other verbs one can use with lottery?
    For example:
    - play the lottery
    - gamble the lottery
    - gamble at the lottery
    - bet the lottery
    Are such expressions correct?

    And is there a short for lottery ?


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    Re: playing the lottery

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Are there other verbs one can use with lottery?
    For example:
    - play the lottery
    - gamble the lottery
    - gamble at the lottery
    - bet the lottery
    Are such expressions correct?

    And is there a short for lottery ?
    I would only say "play the lottery", and I would say that's all I've heard. I should say, however, that "bet on the lottery" is possible.

    I'd like to comment as well that language can be rather unpredictable at times, I've discovered, and something that is certainly not familiar to me may be something that others say or have said.

    So let me to check.

    "gamble the lottery" - Google Search=

    And there it is. Now I don't think I would say or hear "gamble the lottery", but here we see quite a few people that would.

    And here's "bet the lottery". What a surprise.

    "bet the lottery" - Google Search=

    I'll bet that "bet on the lottery" brings back more returns. Why? Because "bet on the lottery" is more familiar to me and I have very good intuition when it comes to these language questions.

    And here it is. There are almost twice as many returns for "bet on the lottery", which is obviously a substantial amount more.


    "bet on the lottery" - Google Search=

    This is all about how words go together. Grammar doesn't get into this stuff. (Be careful because "get into this stuff" is very informal English. Keep away from it. It's toxic.)
    Last edited by PROESL; 05-Sep-2009 at 08:13.

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