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What is the procedure for the lottery step-by-step in the short story "The Lottery"?

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Mr. Summers runs the lottery, assisted by Mr. Graves. The night before the drawing the two men prepare slips for every household in the community--but not for every individual member of every household.

The night before the lottery, Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in the box, and it was then taken to the safe of Mr. Summers' coal company and locked up until Mr. Summers was ready to take it to the square next morning.

There is only one slip with a black spot. All the other slips are blank. Mr. Summers reads the names of all the heads of households in alphabetical order. Each head of a household comes up and draws a slip from the black box. They are all drawing for their entire families.

In the first drawing the slip with the black spot is drawn by Bill Hutchinson. Now Mr. Summers collects all the slips from everybody present, including the one drawn by Bill Hutchinson.

Mr. Graves had selected the five slips and put them in the box. and he dropped all the...

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