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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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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.
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.
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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.