On the morning of June 27th, the villagers gathered in the square. The kids gathered first, the boys collecting rocks and making a pile of them on the side and the girls standing and chatting. Then came the husbands and wives.
They were there for the annual Lottery. Everyone that could, had already gathered except for Mrs. Hutchinson who arrived just before they started, apologizing because she forgot what day it was and she went to stand with her husband and kids.
Mr. Summers, the official of the lottery, brought out the black box that they have used for generations. Mr. Summers wanted to update it but the villagers refused. He announced they get started with the lottery.
It isn't fair, it isn't right!
Mr. Martin and his oldest son Baxter, held the box in place as Mr. Summers called the heads of the families to come pick a paper from the black box and keep it folded closed. Once everyone was done picking, they opened the papers and found out Bill Hutchinson got the lottery ticket.
The whole household had to draw papers again to see who would get picked. Bill, Nancy and Bill jr.'s papers were blank. Mr. Graves took a paper for little Dave and it was blank. The one who got chosen was Mrs. Hutchinson who kept saying this was a mistake.
Mrs. Hutchinson tried her best to reason with everyone but they didn't listen. It was tradition and although they forgot a few things, they still remembered to use rocks. They used the pile of rocks the boys made earlier and threw them at her as a human sacrifice so the crops would grow well this year, they hit her on the side of the head as she screamed it wasn't fair.