The 1969 lottery was reported to determine the fate of a draft pool of 850,000 men nationally; The study sample consists of 7,093 mothers and fathers of 3,933 draft-eligible men born in 167 small towns in New Hampshire from 1950 to 1952. Every son in the sample was assigned a lottery number in the 1969, 1970, or 1971 draft lottery, depending on his date of birth. Towns were included if they consisted of a singlevoting district and if vital statistics information from 1950 to 1952 and turnout data from 1964, 1968, and 1972 were all available.
Random assignment of induction priority in the Vietnam draft lotteries: In the first draft in 1969, 13 of 366 possible birth dates were drawn. Parents were also assigned numbers signifying draft risk; the probability that parents were assigned to high draft risk (a low number) is a function not only of the year in which a son was born, but also of how many sons they had.
Son received a random sequence number (RSN) beneath the respective lottery ceiling (the highest number called in a given year).
Voter turnout (for parents of sons)