the luck of the draw

the luck of the draw

completely the result of chance You can't choose whom you play against. It's just the luck of the draw.
Etymology: based on a literal meaning of a draw (a competition in which you win if the number on your ticket is chosen)
See also: draw, luck, of

the luck of the draw

if something is the luck of the draw, it is the result of chance and you have no control over it
Usage notes: A draw is a competition in which you win if the number on your ticket is chosen.
You can't choose who you play against. It's just the luck of the draw.
See also: draw, luck, of
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Wherever the luck of the draw brings you, away you go.
JUSTIN ROSE claimed that the luck of the draw has cost him the chance of claiming his first Open.
I was saved at least three times by the luck of the draw.
First of all Liverpool got the luck of the draw with that penalty (scored by Steven Gerrard, below), which was very, very soft.
LEAMINGTON have had the luck of the draw in the semi-final of the Southern League's Red Insure Cup after getting a home tie against Arlesey Town.
THE luck of the draw has an amazing way of acting and it has produced a corker of a second semi-final in the Caledonia Smooth Gold Cup at Drumbo Park on Saturday, writes Michael Fortune.
It was just the luck of the draw that Chris's name popped out first.
IT was the luck of the draw for schoolboy Jack Wood when he filled in a survey on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.
I know it was the luck of the draw, and people must be angry and are going on about how it should be for Capital of Culture, but these people have to understand that this is the MTV EUROPE Music Awards - for the whole of Europe
Only Coventry Sphinx of the five-strong Midlands contingent have been blessed with the luck of the draw in the last 32 of the FA Vase.
I think she has a pretty fair chance as the ground will be in her favour and then you just need the luck of the draw.
Or was it just the luck of the draw and the vagaries of an amateur pushing buttons on the cell phone?
In this case, the tie was decided by the luck of the draw.
Pick out half a dozen or so contrasting colors--just go for the luck of the draw.
A BRIDGE-MAD gran had the luck of the draw this week when she won 2004 euros in our great Sunday Mercury cash giveaway.