Where and when does "The Lottery" take place?

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The story was published in The New Yorker in  1948, and it would seem to be taking place at about that time in America. Old Man Warner expresses the superstition that if there is a lottery in June the corn will be "heavy" soon. The tradition would seem to hearken back to primitive rituals involving human sacrifice to insure agricultural bounty. The explicit reference to corn strongly suggests that the locale is the...

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