It was more like a Tradition. So there was immense need for them to execute it yearly.
"The Lottery" is a story by Shirley Jackson that was written before its first publication, in the June 26, 1948 issue of The New Yorker. The story is all about a fictional small town which observes an annual ritual which they refer to as “The Lottery.”
"The Lottery" is one of the most recognized short fiction stories in the American literary history. At first, it was heavily critiqued with negative responses which surprised both the New Yorker and the Jackson. Readers had earlier cancelled their subscriptions and sent negative mails through the summer which prompted the Union of South Africa to ban the story.