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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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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.
Woods, 42, and Mickelson, 48, drew lots of attention when they played a practice round together at Augusta National before this year's US Masters.
Firstly, we wanted to thank you because being featured in your column helped kick-start us on the road to success, and drew lots of attention from new customers and the advertising industry.
Romeo's arrival drew lots of intrigue over what the future holds for TNT, especially now that he will form a potent three-guard combo with Jayson Castro and Jericho Cruz.
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The Estonian chair of the meeting then drew lots to pick Paris as the winning bid.