Andrea: I felt like I was walking on eggshells around him because literally anything I said or did could upset him.Ann: When I tried to leave him, he told me that he had a gun and was going to commit suicide.

He’d say ‘I don’t think you really love me, because you don’t want to have sex with me.

Amy: I went and stayed with my family and they helped me and are still helping me through it all.

This is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with in my entire life. She and I had been friends for four years so I could tell when something was bothering her.

Jacq: That day I called my mum and then I left him, I was so ashamed.

Readers were also presumably still reeling from the horrors of World War II.

Yet, though times have changed and we all now know the story is fiction, "The Lottery" has maintained its grip on readers decade after decade."The Lottery" is one of the most widely known stories in American literature and American culture.

It has been adapted for radio, theater, television, and even ballet.

My reason for not telling before was so that no one would be angry with him.

, it generated more letters than any work of fiction the magazine had ever published.