While the wife's talk about gossip and the Men chat while watching their children, the kids collect rocks to be used for the lottery.
The conflict is someone from the village is going to pick the paper that has the black dot on it and they are gonna be either stoned to death or stoned and very injured.
One person from each family goes up to pick a piece of paper from the black box. The person with the black dot on there paper puts there family in jeopardy.
All the families are in suspense as they wait to open their papers. When Mr. Summers tell them to open them they all slowly open them nervously. When the Hutchinson family opens theirs they find a black dot on the paper.
The Hutchinson family does another draw with in their family, Bill opens his paper and its blank, then their three children open the paper and its blank, so that leaves Tessie. She opens the paper and there is a black dot on it. Tessie won the lottery.
Everyone from the village picks up a stone and starts chucking them at Tessie. One there are no more stones everyone stops, it is unclear if Tessie dies or got really hurt.