At 10:00 am on June 27th, all members of the village meets at the town square for the annual drawing. Most adults are chatting quietly while the kids are already collecting stones.
Once every family is there, they start. Every head of household goes up to take a slip out of the big black box once their name is called, then they disappear back into the crowd to wait.
Some people in the crowd are whispering about how other villages have stopped doing the lottery, and about how absurd that is. When everyone has drawn their slip, they all open them. Most people sigh in relief except a certain few.
The person who drew the unlucky slip with the black mark was Bill Hutchinson. Now someone very dear to him is at steak.
Since Bill got the mark, every one in his family, including his four year old son, has to go up and draw to see which of them will get the mark. People in the crowd are hoping it's not Nancy, the oldest daughter, who gets the mark.
In the end, it is Tessie Hutchinson, the wife, that gets the mark on her slip. People are regretful that they have to do this, but they pick up their stones anyway. It all ends when everybody starts throwing and her screams echo in the distance.