An adage is used when Mr. Adams speaks with Old Man Warner, who has participated in the lottery 77 times. Mr. Adams informs Old Man Warner that the community in the northern village is considering quitting the lottery. Old Man Warner expresses his displeasure at the remark by referring to the people in the north as a pack of crazy fools. He further warns that the people would not stop at quitting the lottery, but will also regress to primordial lifestyles. Old Man Warner adds that the people would also stop working and tells Mr. Adams of an old saying that stated "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon." The adage suggests the community associates their farms’ productivity with the events of the lottery, which is a human sacrifice conducted by the community.