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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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First we divided it into two equal portions, and carefully rolling one of them up for our evening's repast, divided the remainder again as equally as possible, and then drew lots for the first choice.
But the wonder of the story was, how five such refractory, ill- matched fellows should agree about these women, and that some two of them should not choose the same woman, especially seeing two or three of them were, without comparison, more agreeable than the others; but they took a good way enough to prevent quarrelling among themselves, for they set the five women by themselves in one of their huts, and they went all into the other hut, and drew lots among them who should choose first.
A scrabble-playing robot drew lots of attention from visitors and top U.
The Estonian chair of the meeting then drew lots to pick Paris as the winning bid.
Despite being a rather short piece, the article drew lots of response, some of which noted that the book was published in 1998.
I spent most of it in the 'living window', which drew lots of attention from passing shoppers and workmen, but was I delighted to sell some of the items I modelled
Police fired teargases and rubber bullets at protesters who tried to storm into a Bangkok stadium where representatives of 30 political parties vying in the election drew lots for electoral numbers.