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draw lots

To decide something by picking an item, often a slip of paper, at random. Let's draw lots to decide who will go first—it's the only fair way to do it.
See also: draw, lot
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CONDITIONS at the former Phurnacite plant near Aberdare were so oppressive men would draw lots to decide who would work the dirtiest areas, a court was told yesterday.
Criteria used if teams are level at the end of the group stage: A number of points obtained in the matches between the teams in question; B goal difference in the matches between the teams in question; C number of goals scored in the matches between the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points); D goal difference in all the group matches; E number of goals scored in all the group matches; F coefficient from the qualifying competitions; G goal difference from the play-offs; H average number of goals scored per play-off; I fair play ranking (final tournament); J draw lots.
The artist, Olivia Cole, likes to draw lots of hidden objects.
The appearance of Gaddafi so soon after the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, is controversial and likely to draw lots of attention in the US.
Presidential candidates will draw lots in the Central Election Commission office on Friday to determine dates of their free appearance on the national television channel and a free publication of election programs in the government-run newspaper Kyrgyz Tuusu.
With 403 votes apiece, election rules state that the candidates must draw lots to determine a winner, so Koehler and Hilden scribbled their names on a piece of paper and one was drawn from a hat last week, at Lane County Elections.
Little tweaks, like custom poured concrete courses, might prove to draw lots of heroic board slingers to the melee.
SOLEMN MOMENT: The vicar of Slaithwaite rededicates the village's war memorial in November, 1950 (50-13950); YOU CHOOSE: Newly elected councillors draw lots to see who will serve short-term and who long-term.
At one point there was a dead heat and it was thought two candidates might have to draw lots out of a hat to decide the result.
If reservations exceed the number of bottles to be imported, would-be purchasers will have to draw lots, it said.