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I assume the part of your question that was cut off asks what you Old Man Warner is referring to. In my opinion, his statement directly refers to superstition..... the ritualistic ceremonies performed in hopes of being granted a good harvest. The lottery, is in essence, the choosing of a sacrifice. Old Man Warner reacts to those who object to the lottery by warning them their harvest will not be successful if tradition isn't adhered to. Rather than harvesting their crops, the people would be forced to dine on whatever they could forage.