I know that there's at least one other thread on the lottery and the question of its morality etc. What I'm wondering about here is whether the lottery was actually done legitimately.
This is a show that has always been concerned with (to quote SGU) the greater good. There are a number of episodes in which individuals realize that they must sacrifice others in order to save the majority. Whether this means leaving members behind, or sending people out on lethally risky missions.
Now take into account the fact that the two other commanding individuals, Rush and Chamille, both recommend to Young that he CHOOSE ALL 17 MEMBERS. That of-course is the right thing to do. If the shuttle crew does make it to a planet, and yet don't have a full complement of skills, then all 17 crew members would be expected to die. And yet it would not be fair to tell everyone (i.e. all the members of Destiny) that they have no hope and will die.
What I wonder is whether perhaps Young faked the lottery for the good of all: the good of those left behind and the good of those sent off in the shuttle? What do you guys think? And take into account the actual people who "won" the lottery. Random?