Exposition: A small village of fewer than 300 people is holding a lottery in the town square. The lottery is held the morning of June 27th every year. The children of the village gather stones and place them in the corners of the town square. Mr. Summers, the lottery official, stands close by a small black box that holds small pieces of paper that are either blank or have a black dot. The head of the family, usually the father or eldest son, draws for their family.
Conflict: Every year, a small village holds a lottery in which the “winner” is stoned by the other inhabitants of the village.
Rising Action: All of the heads of the family open their pieces of paper. Bill Hutchinson receives the sheet of paper with the black dot on it. Tessie Hutchinson is upset and believes that Bill did not have enough time to decide on which piece of paper he would like to choose. Himself and his family of four other people (Tessie, Bill Jr., Nancy, and Little Davy are required to give back the sheet of paper with the black dot. The family is put into a separate lottery in which only themselves are in.
Climax: The entire Hutchinson family draws a piece out of the small black box. Mr. Graves holds Little Davy’s piece of paper while the rest of the family drew their pieces of paper. First, Mr. Graves Reveals Little Davy’s piece of paper. It was blank. Then, Nancy and Bill Jr. both open theirs. Its blank. Next, Mr. Hutchinson opens his, it was blank. Tessie would not reveal hers knowing that she got the black dot. Mr. Hutchinson forces the piece of paper out of her hand and reveals that Tessie had received the black dot.
Falling Action: The villagers, using the pile of stones the boys had formed earlier, descended upon Tessie Hutchinson. Everyone, including her own family, was now ready to stone Mrs. Hutchinson.
Resolution: As Mrs. Hutchinson pleaded with the villagers to change their ways, the villagers continued to thrown rocks at stones at Mrs. Hutchinson. Old Man Warner, the eldest of the village encouraged everyone to hurry Mrs. Hutchinson’s stoning up. Once the entire village was upon her, Mrs. Hutchinson got stoned.