On July 27th every resident of this small village gathers for their annual lottery. The oldest men draw for their families to save time. They all draw slips of paper out of this old black box that they have had for years, and refuse to replace. Mr. Summers is the conductor of the lottery and has been for years.
It's not fair! You didn't give him enough time!
Everyone in the village goes to the lottery. Once most of the residents are there, Mr. Summers asks if everyone is present. Tessie shows up late and then they begin the lottery.
Mr. Summers calls out all of the families last names, and the person drawing for their family picks a slip of paper from the box. Everyone greets Mr. Summers as they draw.
Please! Stop! It isn't right!
Bill Hutchinson, Tessie's husband, "won" the lottery, but Tessie claims he didn't have enough time to draw.
Bill's slip of paper and four others are put back into the box so that all of the members of his family can draw. Tessie's slip of paper had a big black dot on it, meaning she "won".
Everyone begins grabbing stones and Tessie keeps begging for mercy. They back her into a corner and stone her.