The story starts with the kids playing and the boys making a pile of rocks.
The lottery starts, and people start getting their slips from the box.
Each family took a slip of paper from the black box with one for each family.
The Hutchinson family is picked for the lottery, and Tessie, the wife, is upset and demands it wasn't fair.
The children are happy, because they were not picked for the lottery. Tessie, their mother was.
Tessie, in the end, is the one picked for lottery. She is then killed by the other villagers with rocks, showing that they didn't care what happened, as long as it helped them, and they don't get picked.