The word lottery has two meanings:
1. Governments sell lottery tickets as a way of raising money. They have a number printed on it. If you buy a winning number, you win a cash prize. If you win the first prize, it will make you rich. However, as you know, that is the same as looking for a needle in a haystack, that is, almost impossible. Some people say that you are more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the first prize in the lottery.
2. If you say that something is a lottery, you mean that everything depends on luck. For example, some people believe that marriage is a lottery, as it can make you very happy, unhappy, or even ruin your life.
There is no denying that a lottery is a form of gambling. The winning numbers are drawn at random. The same principle applies to casino games, such as playing cards, roulette or slots.
As for sports betting, there are a lot of options available. The most common one used to be the (football) pools (British English) / the sports lottery (American English). If you do the pools each week, you try to guess the results of football matches. If you get all of them right, congratulations, because you will win a lot of money.
Although football is probably the most popular sport in Europe and in many parts of the world, there are other types of sports betting: boxing, horse racing, tennis, golf, and so on and so forth. If you would like to obtain more information about this topic, you may like to visit the following site: onlinebetting.net.nz (Online Sports Betting in New Zealand).