The crowd in the small village has gathered for an annual lottery that takes place each year at the end of June which Mr. Summers is in charge of. The main purpose of this to choose a scapegoat and every villager needs to participate in voting since it is an old tradition.
The conflict arises when Tessie Hutchinson realizes her husband, Bill, is the center of the villagers’ attention because his paper has something on it. Tessie yells, "This isn’t fair", and that Bill wasn’t given enough time for his paper.
The entire Hutchinson family is called up, while Mr. Summers puts five slips of paper into the black box.
The Hutchinson family members draw a slip of paper from the box but all the papers are appears to be blank, except for Tessie’s. Only her paper has a black dot inside it which surprises her.
Tessie begins to protest but around her the villagers begin to pick up the stones they have gathered earlier.
Tessie screams while the villagers start throwing stones at Tessie as their scapegoat.