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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:12:18 AM
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Does "win the lottery" mean one has to win the top prize?

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FounDit
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:26:04 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Does "win the lottery" mean one has to win the top prize?

Thanks.


Yes, that is usually the assumed meaning. If someone wins less than the top prize amount then that is usually what is said, "I won $10,000 in the lottery!", when the top prize might be one million.


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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:30:29 AM
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Romany
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 1:04:27 PM
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Unless we are talking to friends, it's unlikey, in BE, that we would actually mention the amount if it was fairly substantial like £10,000.

"I had a bit of a win in the lottery." "I won a small lottery prize." would be enough. If someone was rude enough to ask how much after that indication that we'd prefer not to say the amount, we'd probably say something like "Oh, a couple of thousand." or "Not much, but enough for me."

In to-day's climate we may discuss religion and politics which were once taboo; but personal finance is still considered a bit of a no-go area.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 1:58:20 PM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Does "win the lottery" mean one has to win the top prize?

Thanks.
To win the lottery is exciting; but for most winners live it up indicates a lack of interest in planning how you'll budget your winner of the grand total from the lottery.Applause Applause Dancing
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