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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

cast/draw ˈlots (for something/to do something)

decide who is going to do something by using a method in which each person takes a piece of paper or a stick and the person who has the paper with a special mark on or the shortest stick is chosen: They drew lots to see who should speak to the parents.
See also: cast, draw, lot
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Cambodian People's Party spokesman Sok Eysan said it is proper for the NEC to draw lots for parties to be named on the ballot.
The incumbent was declared by draw lots which was witnessed by the town's municipal local government operations officer (MLGOO) Franklin Medequiso, residents of Barangay Cabawan and representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Commission on Elections.
So the eliminator is to draw lots. At this stage, it's hypothetical because Derry have to play Clare yet and if Derry win or draw, Dublin go through on points.
At least 22 states draw lots to settle legislative ties.
On Thursday, protesters tried to overrun a Bangkok sports stadium where election candidates were gathering to draw lots for their positions on ballots.
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The interaction between Bush and Obama is sure to draw lots of attention in this presidential election year.
November Club - the award winning performing arts company - helped local people relive the excitement of the Twelfth Day Cake and associated party, where guests would draw lots for characters they were to play over dinner.
Crappies remain the most popular panfish of In-Fisher-man readers, so no surprise that any mention of new lures for them always draw lots of response.
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.
When they finally reach the land of Canaan, for example, the Israelites divide the land by drawing lots, and they draw lots again in Masada, selecting the few unfortunate swordsmen entrusted with setting the mass suicide in motion.
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.
Little tweaks, like custom poured concrete courses, might prove to draw lots of heroic board slingers to the melee.