In the exposition, the kids have just gotten out of school for the summer, and the boys are making a pile of stones, as the girls watch from against the wall.
The conflict in the story is the lottery that is hosted in a small village. They host this lottery for everyone in the village, on the last day of school (June 27th). The winner of this lottery has the black dot on there paper. The 'winner' has rocks throw at them by everone else in thevillage.
The rising action begins as the head of household, or man of the family gets a peice of paper and waits to open it. Each man holds the paper until every head of the household has a peice of the crinkled paper. They wait to open it until Mr. Summers says so.
It turned out the Hutchinson's were the ones to 'win' the lottery so someone in their family of five would pick the paper out of the box again, and whoever did 'won' the whole lottery. Mrs.Hutchinson was very angry about this, saying it was not fair. Then each person opened there papers, revealing that Tessie was the winner.
Bill checked Tessie's paper to see if it was her because she did not say anything after opening the paper. After he forced the paper out of her hands he showed it up to the crowd and there was a big commotion in the crowd after he revealed that Tessie had, in fact, won the lottery.
As Tessie stood in the middle of the crowd, people gathered stones and rocks. People went to the pile of stones that was created by the boys before the lottery. They picked up the stones and backed up, leaving Tessie in an open area. Then people cheered to hurry up and people ran at her, throwing the stones at her. She screamed and cried saying that it was not fair. She then got hit in the head and people raced at her.