Black Mirror Reflection: American Lottery

By Anna Edwards

In the near future, the desire for power rules the intentions of everyone in this country. Presidential terms in this America last four years, but presidents are not elected by a democracy.

Instead, for a short time every four years, advertisements are shown on TV, social media, and billboards selling a raffle or lottery of sorts that would allow every person, regardless of factors like social status, age, and race, the chance to become president.

The ticket is very affordable, and each person can only purchase one ticket per election term, ensuring that the rich do not have an advantage over the poor when it comes to being selected.

The “election” is then a huge nationally televised broadcast of a computer that randomly selects one name from all the people who purchased a chance to win. Whoever’s name gets chosen, regardless of how qualified they are or what their true intentions are for running an entire country, becomes president and gets nearly full control over lawmaking and oversees all citizens’ daily lives.

This makes for a scary political climate, because some who buy into the lottery have intentions of greed, radical change, and full control, while others bought a ticket as a desperate attempt to help the country out of this terrifying form of government.

This episode would follow a typical election cycle, where everyone is scrambling to buy their ticket in hopes of being drawn in the lottery. As the election approaches, peoples’ motives get twisted as they imagine what they would do with all that power. One thing is for sure — the government is ever-changing, and so are the realities of daily life for the citizens of America.

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