The lottery was on June 27th and started at 10:00. Compared to other towns, the lottery only took two hours, whereas, for other towns it took two days.
A sudden hush fell on the crowd as Mr.Summers cleared his throat and look at the list. "All ready?" he called. "Now I'll read the names - heads of families first - and the men come up and take a paper out of the box. Keep the paper folded in your hand without looking at it until everyone has had a turn. "Everything clear?"
"All right fellows." For a minute, no one moved, and then all the slips of paper in the air were opened. Suddenly, all the women began to speak at once, saying, "Who is it?" "Is it the Dunbars?" "Is it the Watsons?"
"It's Hutchinson. It's Bill," "Bill Hutchinson's got it." People began to look around to see the Hutchinson's. Bill Hutchinson was standing quiet, staring down at the paper in his hand. Suddenly, Tessie Hutchinson shouted to Mr.Summers, "You didn't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn't fair!"
"Be a good sport, Tessie," Mrs. Delacroix called, and Mrs.Graves said, All of us took the same chance." "Well everyone," Mr.Summers said, "That was done pretty fats, and now we've got to be hurrying a little more to get done in time."
"Tessie," Mr.Summers said. "It's Tessie," Mr.Summers said. "All right, folks," Mr.Summer said. "Let's finish quickly." Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. "It isn't fair," she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head. "It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs.Hutchinson screamed and then they were upon her.