Old Man Warner: Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon
Everyone grabs stones for the town folk assemble for their annual event
THAT'S NOT FAIR
town folk assemble is local tradition that is practiced to ensure a good harvest
Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves made the paper slips and the list of all the families. They put the slips in the black box, which was stored in a safe place. On the morning of the lottery, the townspeople gather in order to have everything done in time for lunch.
First, the heads of the extended families draw slips until every family has a slip. Bill Hutchinson gets the one slip with a black spot, meaning that his family has been chosen.
Bill's wife Tessie gets the marked slip. After the drawing is over and Tessie is picked, the slips are allowed to fly off into the wind.
In keeping with tradition, each villager obtains a stone and begins to surround Tessie. The story ends as Tessie is stoned to death while she bemoans the unfairness of the situation.