"It had a black spot, the black spot Mr. Summers had the night before with the heavy pencil..." lines 305-306. The color black is an indication of evil/distress. Therefore, the marked paper may symbolize death or destruction within the villagers. The mark was almost done with carelessness, which can represent how useless the lottery is; aside the fact it is a tradition.
"Nancy was twelve and her school friends breathed heavily as she went forward, switching her skirt, and took a slip daintly from the box." lines 277-280. These lines use descriptive language to explain the tension. Her friends "breathed heavily," she was messing with her skirt, and she "daintly," took a slip. After reading this description I can picture not only Nancy, but her friends nervous.
The story started off the scene as if it was a beautiful day, "The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny...", lines 1-2 and ended with the stonning of a village person, "Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now... a stone hit her on the side of the head," lines 321-323. These lines show irony within the plot. The villagers knew exactly what was going to happen, but found it a "beautiful" day when it should be more gloomy. The tradition is normal and fair until you are the one stoned. "it isn't fair, he didn't have enough time" said Tessie.
One of the many themes in the lottery is renewal. "The morning of June 27th... The people of the village began to gather in the square... around ten o'c1ock..." Lines 1-5. Every year, one person is stoned to death. This stoning seems the "wash away," the bad deeds of the villlagers, and cleanse the town anually. This one person accounts for the many wrong doings, even if they are innocent, similar to a sacrifice.