"The Lottery" is a story of tradition and the inability to see past it. There are 300 people in this small village. The oldest man in this story is 77 and the tradition dates back before his time so that the village can have a good harvest. Although they do not have the original box, they still keep this tradition going. Even the most organized man in the story, Mr. Summers, was not the one to come to a realization of how tragic this tradition really is. No matter the age, the people in this village will kill the person with the blck dot. Tessie Hutchinson tries to slim her chances of getting picked by stating she has another daughter who is married, but should be there. This goes to show how selfish she is, that she would sacrifice her daughter if it meant saving her own life.