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Give a summary of the short story "The Lottery Ticket" by Anton Chekhov.

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In Anton Chekhov's story "The Lottery Ticket," Ivan is reading the paper and tells his wife that the first few numbers of the winning lottery number are the same as her lottery ticket. They both fantasize about how they would spend the money and live differently, but this hope gives way to resent and distrust toward each other as they imagine how the winnings would change their spouse. They find that the winning number is one different than Ivan's wife's ticket, and they resume their lives.


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“The Lottery Ticket” is a short story by Anton Chekhov about a middle-class couple that believes they have won the lottery. Ivan Dmitritch is skeptical of his wife spending money on lottery tickets and believes she is wasting money on them. However, he agrees to read the winning numbers to her. When he does, the first series of numbers matches, and they get excited before Ivan looks at the last number. They begin to daydream about how they will spend the $75,000 they won. Ivan then realizes that his wife could either abandon him or control him with the money, and he begins to get angry. His...

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shizza123 | Student

as far as I remember...

There's a village where there is  lottery ever year. But noone wants to win, because whooever wins is sacrificed for the good of the village--for fortune in term of crops, etc..

 

 

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