On the morning of June 27, the people of the village began to gather around the town square. It was a clear and sunny day and all the children had already stuffed their pockets full of rocks. There was chatter all around as they waited for Mr.Summers, the conductor of the Lottery, to arrive. When he showed up with Mr.Martin, they carried in the box full of pieces of paper.
Before the Lottery could begin, their was much fussing to be done. They had to make up the lists of the heads of the families, heads of each household, and the members of each household in each family. After some time, Mr.Summers faces the villagers, he declared that the Lottery has begun. Mr.Summers then began to go down each of the lists.
After the lists had been cleared, there was a long silence of nervousness through the crowd. Then, as people began to open their slips of paper they were all curious to know who had been chosen. After a few guesses they had figured out that it had been Bill Hutchinson. His wife, Tessie Hutchinson, immediately demanded that they drew again. They agreed, but the rule was that only the family of the Hutchinson's would draw.
The Hutchinson family made their way to the front, Bill, Tessie, Nancy, Bill Jr, and little Dave. As each family member went one by one, the whole town was nervous. Everyone in the family stood there with their piece of paper folded in hand until Bill picked the last one. When they unfolded the paper, the children had a sigh of relief but then Mr and Mrs.Hutchinson both paused. Tessie had been chosen.
There was mixed emotions throughout the crowd but Mr.Summers was sure to get through with it quickly. The people of the village knew it was time to grab their rocks. Mrs.Delacroix grabbed one of the largest rocks she could find and carried it back to her spot.
As everyone was hurrying back, Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of the town square and held her hands out desperately as the villagers came closer and Old Man Werner was encouraging the crowd. Finally, Mrs.Hutchinson says, It isn't fair, it isn't right." She screamed and the villagers continued to throw rocks.