Lottery – A Short Story

A lottery is a game of chance in which a prize, often money, is awarded to a random winner. Lotteries are a form of gambling and are legal in many countries. There are many different types of lotteries, including public and private ones. Private lotteries are generally operated by organizations such as religious groups or charitable foundations. Public lotteries are run by government agencies or companies. Some states prohibit the sale of lotteries, while others endorse and regulate them. A common practice is to allow sales through authorized lottery agents.

A common feature of lottery games is that each ticket has the same chance of winning as any other. The odds of winning are determined by the numbers drawn and the number of tickets sold. In the story, Mr. Summers carries out a black box and stirs the papers inside. This symbolizes the lottery tradition in this village and is ancient. It is not clear if the lottery is a success until people start to draw their tickets.

The gruesome event in this short story reveals how oppressive cultures and norms can deem hopeless situations as normal. Even though the event is a violation of human rights, the villagers are not willing to protest and change the status quo. This suggests that the characters in this story are hypocrites as they appear to be friendly and benevolent on the outside.

In some cases, lottery purchases can be explained by decision models based on expected value maximization. However, a number of other models based on risk-seeking behavior can also explain lottery purchase.