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cast lots

To decide something by picking an item, often a slip of paper, at random. Let's cast lots to decide who will go first—it's the only fair way to do it.
See also: cast, 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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Far from a game of chance, casting lots is how priests were chosen for tasks in the temple (see Luke 1:9).
He chose a specific day by casting lots, the 13th day of the month Adar, to unleash his holocaust.
After the three boats eventually became separated, each was forced to encounter the grim realities of survival at sea without water and, ultimately without food, necessitating the consideration of casting lots to determine who should die so that others might live.
For example, in 1066 William the Conqueror was kept on a French beach for two weeks because his soothsayer was casting lots, waiting for the auspicious day when all their luck would be correct.
This they did by a combination of careful consideration and casting lots.