Jay, Ohio, 1969. No. 1: Twenty Dollars and Minor Celebrity

I was a senior in college during the first draft lottery in late 1969. In the fraternity house, we had a $1.00 entry fee for a pool to reward the “winner” of the lottery – but the guy with the highest number had to match the pot. It was over quickly...

William, Kansas, 1971. No. 142: The Hangover

My lottery story is more about a friend of mine.  At the time, we were enrolled as students at Kansas State University.  The night of the lottery, a group of us attended the K-State basketball game and afterwards, returned to our residence where some other buddies had...

Barry, NC, 1969. No. 361: Roll The Dice

I was a student at NC State University and had a student deferment–II-S. My expectations at that time were to graduate in 1972 and be drafted.  If drafted, I would have served my country without hesitation.  But I really lucked out in the lottery, 361 out of a...

David, North Carolina, 1969. No. 4: Valentine's Day

My birthday is February 14. Being born on Valentine’s day never caused me any problems, until the draft lottery. I always felt bad for my cousin who was born on Christmas day and never really got birthday presents separate from Christmas presents, but I...

Neil, England, 1972. No. 358: Jumped For Joy

I still remember what I was doing on the date the draft lottery I was involved in was drawn on 2 February 1972.  I had attended a high school basketball game.  My team won, but I can’t remember the score.  I walked home in snow from the basketball game, having...

Cliff, North Carolina, 1969. No. 352: Reserve Duty

I was a student at NC State University and was concerned that I was going to be drafted so I joined the Army Reserve and was on active duty when the lottery occurred. My number was 352 which meant that I would never have been drafted. Of course I could not have known...