by drawing lots, by lot

  • winklepicker

    Senior Member
    English (UK)
    hi all
    never heard this before

    does it mean randomly?
    Not exactly randomly - though that is the right sense. Drawing lots means each person taking some sort of token - eg the short straw method, or black / white balls from a bag - until one is selected for the mission or task. cf Christ on the cross: rather than rip his cloak into separate portions to be divided equally among the soldiers (thus making it valueless), they drew lots for it.
     
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