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The residents of a small town gather in the town square for an annual lottery lead by Mr. Summers. It takes place at the end of June. All families are there together. The head of each family grabs a slip of paper from the box in the center. The heads are the eldest men in the family.
Bill Hutchinson has a slip of paper with a black dot on it. Tessie Hutchinson, Bill's wife, starts declaring that the Mr. Summers did not give Bill enough time to pick his desired paper. The town is giving their full attention to the family.
Tessie, Bill, and three of their five kids are called up to the front. The two other kids are marrried, so they pick with their husband's family. Mr. Summers takes the slip of paper with the black dot and puts it back in the box, along with four other clear slips. Each family member is worried and the townspeople seem relieved.
The Hutchinsons each draw a slip of paper from the box. Tessie Hutchinson draws the slip of paper with the black dot on it. She is shocked, and her kids are relieved it is not them.
Tessie Hutchinson is yelling that all of this is not fair. However, her protests are ignored as the the townspeople pick up stones they had gathered earlier. They start to surround Tessie.
Tessie starts screaming and a stone hits her. The oldest townsperson, Old Man Warner, keeps egging on the crowd. The townspeople attack Tessie.
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