The Lottery

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  • Gathering

    Gathering
    On a warm day in late June (the 27th, to be exact), villagers gather in the square to participate in a lottery run by Mr. Summers, who officiates at all the big civic events.
  • Collecting stones

    Collecting stones
    Children arrive first and begin collecting stones until their parents call them.
  • Arriving late

    Arriving late
    Mrs. Hutchinson arrives late and chats briefly with her friend, Mrs. Delacroix.
  • Selecting the papers

    Selecting the papers
    Mr. Summers calls each head of the household forward to a black wood box, where each selects a slip of paper.
  • Opening the papers

    Opening the papers
    Once the men have chosen, Mr. Summers allows everyone to open the paper and see who has been selected
  • Is Hutchinson family

    Is Hutchinson family
    Is Bill Hutchinson. His wife immediately starts protesting – so we get the sense that they're not about to win a million of dollars.
  • Selecting a member of the family

    Selecting a member of the family
    There are five people in the Hutchinson family. Mr. Summers places five slips of paper into the box and each member of the family draws.
  • Tess Hutchinson wins

    Tess Hutchinson wins
    Tess Hutchinson draws a slip of paper with a big black mark in the center. And that’s not good.
  • Stoning

    Stoning
    The villagers advance on her, and finally we can see what the “prize” for the lottery really is: a stoning.
  • The end

    The end
    Tess protests in vain as the villagers attack and kill her.