offensive slang The monetary compensation that one receives due to a crime that has been committed against them or a family member. The phrase is often used to denigrate poor people, especially poor Black people. A: "She's must be thrilled—she's won the ghetto lottery." B: "Are you kidding me? Not only is her husband dead, but she witnessed it. No amount of money can bring him back or heal her pain."
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