Classic literature is the exact definition of pieces like Shirley Jackson The Lottery. It is not just the time frame and context which makes a piece classic, but instead the quality of it. When you are able to apply that same piece to another time period and it still be of relevance also makes it a classic. As an author, you will either have one of three results after writing. Very successful results, mediocre results and unsuccessful results.
Mediocre is definitely better than an unsuccessful outcome but all authors aim for the success initially. No one in this world works hard to not see great outcomes come of it. With Shirley Jackson The Lottery she used a fictional approach on her take with the lotto back then. Yes the processes were pretty much the same.