In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," the law of probability that has apparently been suspended is the one that should apply to Old Man Warner.
As the townspeople stand only half-listening to the directions of Mr. Summers, who is in charge, some of them begin to gossip among themselves. Soon, the family names are called and the heads of the family reach into the box pulling out a small folded paper. As this procedure continues, Mr. Adams tells Old Man Warner that the residents of the north village have decided to be rid of the lottery. The older man snorts in disgust:
"Pack of crazy fools....Listening to the young folks, nothing's good enough for them....There's always been a lottery....Bad enough to see young Joe Summers up there joking with everybody."
The curmudgeon Old Man Warner continues to argue there is "Nothing but trouble in that." Then, when Mr. Warner is called to the front, he squeezes through the crowd, saying, "Seventy-seventh year I been in the lottery.....Seventy-seventh." This fact certainly contradicts the law of probability, given the small number in the population of the village.