This story is introduced on a nice summer morning with the children stuffing their pockets with rocks while the community gathers for the annual event.
Once the villagers have all gathered, Mr. Summers prepared the black box so the families could draw a slip of paper.
After everyone drew a paper from the box, there was tension in the crowd wondering who got the winning ticket. It was discovered that Bill Hutchinson drew the serial ticket. Bill Hutchinson claimed it wasn't fair and people would all draw again
Mr. Graves, Nancy, Bill, and Jr. opened their slips of paper laughing knowing they were blank. Evidently Tessie drew the winning Lottery ticket.
The village all gathered following tradition throwing stones at Tessie Hutchinson in which she dies. This tradition is easily viewed as brutally fateful.