David, Kansas, 1969. No. 285: It Was Maddening

I remember very distinctly sitting with about 400 other guys in the dormitory at KU (Templin I believe) watching the TV show that would announce our lottery numbers.  As the evening started, men that got a low number were shocked.  Many started weeping, some seemed ok...

Charles, Kansas, 1969. No. 335: What Were The Odds?

I was attending the University of Kansas when the 1969 draft lottery was implemented. At the time I was living in a coed dorm, McCollum Hall and we all gathered around the television in the main lobby. This is a large dorm; three wings, 10 stories so there was a...

Mark, Kansas, 1969: No. 289: Wrong Birthday

I was keenly aware of the televised draft lottery on December 1, 1969 and very scared for the outcome and how it might affect me.  Rather than suffer through watching all the 366 draws, I chose to attend KU’s home basketball game vs. Marshall University. ...

Rich, Kansas, 1969. No. 159: Random Absurdity

There are a handful of numbers you always remember. The street address of your childhood home. Your social security number. The date of your wedding anniversary. And, if you are a man of certain age, you remember your draft lottery number. Mine was 159. You remember...

Rick, Kansas, 1969. No. 357: We Need to Celebrate

I was a junior at the University of Kansas, studying for a physical chemistry test that night and somewhat oblivious to the drawing.  My girlfriend called me and said they just drew my number.  I asked “OK, so what was it?”  “No. 357”....

Mark, Kansas, 1969. No. 016: Not on the Plan

I was in medical school with a deferment when the lottery was held. I was due to graduate in 1972 so I was considering the Berry Plan. The Associate Dean was a General in the Air Force Reserves and told me that the draft would end for sure in 1972, and not to sign up...