Exposition: Citizens of a small town begin to gather in the field for the annual lottery. It is a peaceful June morning, but nothing about this tradition is as tranquil as the setting. The children start to make a pile of stones as the adults chat.
Conflict: Mr. Summers, the leader of the lottery, arrives with the old black box and is sworn in by the postmaster. Tessie Hutchinson hurries in, late. The lottery is declared open, and the families fill with suspense as their names are called by alphabetical order.
Clean forgot what day it was!
Allen, Anderson... Bentham
Rising Action: Bob Hutchinson draws the black dot, meaning his family has to draw for the final decision.
Climax: Tessie Hutchinson is the person selected to be killed. There's a stir in the crowd, a slight feeling of relief.
It's Tessie. Show us her paper, Bill.
Falling Action: All of the villagers begin to collect stones. Tessie continues to argue that it isn’t fair, and everyone tells her that they all took the same risk.
Mrs. Delacroix selected a stone so large she had to pick it up with both hands.
It isn't fair!
Someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles.
Resolution: The story ends with all of the villagers closing in on Tessie. It’s implied that she’s stoned to death.