C15: originally referring to someone who sweeps or takes all the stakes in a game
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Word forms: sweepstakes
A sweepstake is a method of gambling in which each person pays a small amount of money and is given the name of a competitor before a race or contest. The person who has the name of the winnerreceives all the money.
Dan & I have a sweepstake going as to what time they'll come out.Bénédicte Newland and Pascale Smets AND GOD CREATED THE AU PAIR`We had a sweepstake ,' she told me gleefully, `and guess who won?James Birrell THE MANANA MAN