Regardless of which interpretation you favor, "The Lottery" is, at its core, a story about the human capacity for violence, especially when that violence is couched in an appeal to tradition or social order. Summers asks whether the Watson boy will draw, and he answers that he will.
Adults chat while children play a game in which they gather stones. First, the heads of the extended families draw slips until every family has a slip.
The reluctance of people to reject outdated traditions, ideas, rules, laws, and practices. Janey Dunbar: Wife of Clyde Dunbar. Summers asks how many kids Bill has, and he answers that he has three. The sunny day suggests that a happy event is about to take place. Le Guin. The story briefly mentions how the ballot box has been stored over the years in various places in the town, including a grocery store shelf, a barn, and in the post office basement.