When Ms. Hutchinson arrives late to the lottery which will ultimately seal her fate, she comments that she has been cleaning the kitchen and preparing for noon lunch. Her seeming indifference to the ceremony, her greater concern for noon dinner, and the general frivolty at hand all underscore the confusion and indifference that most of the villagers feel toward an event that is no longer a time-honored tradition as it was in Old Man Warner's Day.
It is this very indifference which has enabled Ms. Hutchinson's village to forsake many of the lottery's rituals, ranging from the makeup of the black box, the wood chips, and even where or how the box is stored throughout the year. These concerns are no longer of any importance to most. For them, the lottery is a perfunctory matter.
Neighboring societies - which were perhaps more progressive-minded although author Shirely Jackson does not directly comment on this one way or another, have abandoned the lottery because they realize it had become a tradition without a purpose other than its barbaric climax. While the villagers in this story may have recognized the same, it is clear they do not wish to question their practices or change the establishment. As long as they are not selected and noon dinner is served on time, who really cares?