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Anyone recognise this story?

Anyone recognise this short SF story I read as a kid? A regular contest is held where winning is achieved by finding a random person selected by the organisers. The "prize" isn't identified straight off; even he/she doesn't know. Vague details are broadcast, gradually becoming more specific, until the "prize" can be found. The protagonist finds himself in the ever-dwindling group of potential "prizes." People are chasing after him and the other candidates, getting increasingly hysterical and violent in their attempts to win. Eventually it's down to the protagonist and one of his co-workers as to who is the "prize." They're both cornered by a mob trying to win the contest and desperately try to fight them off. At the last second the organisers reveal that the co-worker is the prize. The mob surges over him and he falls from an office window and dies. (I forget if his death was an accident, a suicide, or the whole point of the game.)

IIRC when they're fighting off the crowd a coathanger is used as an improvised weapon. And when it's revealed the co-worker is the prize the dialogue is something along the lines of, "It's him! The big guy!"

Any of this sound familiar?

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Re: Anyone recognise this story?

Looks like this person might be looking for the same story. "I'm trying to find out the name of an older short story in which every day someone is murdered in a lottery-like game. And announcer or master of ceremonies throughout the day gives more and more detailed information about the victim. Eventually it's narrowed down to one person, and whoever kills that person with a personalized knife wins something. I always thought it was called The Lottery, but that turned out to be a different short story by Shirley Jackson."https://www.sffchronicles.com/threads/551149/

The Mask Behind the Face, Pendragon Press 2005
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Spare Parts, Rainfall Books 2003

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