What is the meaning of draw used in the following sentence

Who drew the first prize?

Does it mean to pull, but this meaning is a bit awkward in this context.

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Merriam-Webster gives as sense 8 b of "draw"

to receive or take at random

drew a winning number

This sense arises from the form of lottery whre tokes of some sort are mixed in a jar, box or other receptacle, and the winning token(s) are drawn out of the receptacle as a way of choosing them at random. So it is ultimately derived from the sense meaning "pull" but via a metaphor.

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