Conduct the Student Government Lottery
Make sure that the teachers or students who will administer the Lottery, record the names and information of those selected, and maintain order understand their different roles and responsibilities
Before inviting students to voluntarily participate in the Lottery, be sure that they understand both the ways in which they could benefit from participating in student government, as well as the responsibilities and commitments that the Lottery is assigning. It needs to be clear that this is not a game, and that those selected will be expected to attend student government meetings and actively contribute to student government projects.
Once students have volunteered to enter the Lottery, be sure that they are properly counted. Any mistake when counting will require that the whole process be redone.
Explain the lottery process to all students and check if participants have any questions
If the lottery method involves students reaching into a box, bag, pot, etc., make sure that participants roll up their sleeves and clearly demonstrate that their hand is empty, before they reach in to draw
Make sure that the full lottery process is completed and that everyone remains present until the end. For example, if the lottery method used involves having students draw two different colored marbles out of a bag, even if it appears that all the winning marbles have been selected, each remaining student must still draw a marble to ensure that the Lottery was properly administered. If, for instance, the last student reaches into the bag and there is no marble left for him or her draw, or there are two marbles, the Lottery was flawed and must be redone.
It is typically a good idea to select extra students to replace any student government members who cannot, for whatever reason, finish their term of office. One backup for each student government member is typically a good ratio, and it is preferable that these backup students match those that they would replace in terms of gender, grade level, etc.
Record the important information about those selected (and any backups selected), including their name, grade level, classroom/homeroom, and contact details
Present the newly selected student government to the student body
It is a great idea to take pictures and video during the Lottery to share with students and staff, provided you have the proper authorization from the school to do so