Vietnam Draft Lottery Data


The table above the lottery numbers, by birth date, for the US Selective Service lotteries held from 1969 to 1972 (during the Vietnam war). The first two variables define the birth date: M, the month (from 1 for January to 12 for December) and D, the day of the month. The remaining variables give the draft lottery numbers assigned to the birthdays:


The draft lotteries were classical ball and urn experiments: blue plastic capsules containing birth dates were selected from a large glass container. The results were controversial because some believed that the balls were not sufficiently well mixed, and that consequently, the samples were not truly random.

The first capsule is chosen for the 1969 draft by Congressman Alexander Pirnie of New York.
Draft lottery


Standard Formats

The links below gives the data set in tab-separated text format and comma-separated text format. These are standard formats that can be imported into most statistical and spreadsheet software.