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"The Lottery" is a short story written by Shirley Jackson. The story involves a small, rural community that has chosen to follow traditions that they do not fully understand without questioning the validity of those traditions. In an ironic ending to the story, a woman wins the lottery, despite the fact that she forgot about it until the last moment.
An example of a short summary of "The Lottery" (two or three sentences) might go as follows:
On a pretty summer day, every member of a rural village attends a yearly drawing in which everyone's name is entered. Because of its belief in an ancient superstition in which human sacrifice ensures good crops, the community stones the "winner" of the lottery, Tess Hutchinson.
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