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Vermont author Shirley Jackson’s famous short story The Lottery, which details a lottery and prize you wouldn’t want to win, officially has been creeping out high school students for 70 years.

Originally published in The New Yorker on June 26, 1948, readers across the globe commemorate “Lottery Day” on the date that Jackson’s story takes place: June 27.

According to The Bennington Banner:

In Bennington, those celebrations have become known as “Shirley Jackson Day” in an effort to continually engage local readers with both the author’s work and their own history.

Pretty neat. And great timing!

Read more about Jackson and The Lottery here.