Once Bill Hutchinson reveals that he has drawn the marked slip of paper, each member of the Hutchinson family must draw a slip from a new, smaller batch. Mr. Summers asks Mr. Hutchinson to confirm whether or not there are any other related Hutchinson relatives who need to participate in the next round of the lottery. Tessie exclaims that Don and Eva should be involved, but Mr. Summers calmly explains that her daughter is only responsible for drawing with her own husband’s family. Lamenting the fact that they have no one else to include, Mr. Hutchinson explains that he, his wife, and their young children are the only ones that will be participating in the next round. Mr. Summers instructs Mr. Graves to put new slips in the box for Bill, Tessie, Bill Jr., Nancy, and Dave while Tessie continues to protest. She first tries to appeal to the lottery’s leadership, but after they fail to listen to her, she starts to appeal to those standing nearby in the crowd.

Mr. Summers continues on with the proceedings, instructing each member of the Hutchinson family to draw a slip and keep it folded until everyone is finished. Since Dave Hutchinson is too young to understand the instructions, Mr. Graves gently helps him complete his task. The other two Hutchinson children take their slips followed by Tessie, who angrily walks away from the box, and Bill. The crowd watches anxiously as each family member opens their folded slip of paper. Everyone shares a sigh of relief when the children open their slips and find them blank, a result which means either Bill or Tessie has the marked paper. When Bill reveals his to be blank as well, Mr. Summers declares that Tessie must be the winner. She refuses to show her paper to the crowd, so Bill takes it out of her hands and raises it high so everyone can see the large, black dot upon it.

With the winner of the lottery finally chosen, Mr. Summers tells the crowd that it is time to conclude the event. The stones that the boys gathered before the lottery began become the new focus of the villagers’ attention, and everyone starts gathering them. Mrs. Delacroix opts for the largest stone she can possibly find while Mrs. Dunbar chooses smaller ones. All of the children, including young Dave Hutchinson, participate as well. Stones in hand, the villagers move toward Tessie who stands alone in a clearing. She makes desperate pleas to her neighbors and attempts to convince them that she has been unfairly selected as the winner of the lottery. A stone flies through the air and hits the side of Tessie’s head, and Old Man Warner encourages the group to join in the final stage of the lottery. As Mrs. Hutchinson screams in protest, the villagers all begin to throw their stones at her.