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Check the man page. The control is in the conf file (generally /etc/lilo.conf)
If LILO is in fact in control of your start and not grub, you will find the settings in the conf file. One is default, another is delay. Default is the name of the default OS to boot, and delay is how long to wait for an interrupt before acting (in 0.1 second counts). IF an interrupt (shift key, for example) is detected then the count stops and start is under user control.
If your current start works, just does not autostart the one you want, I would make only the minimum changes required to fix this.
The default boot manager for your OS is grub, which is far more powerful. Are you sure that your start is lilo controled and not grub? Settings grub is quite different.
If ever you decide to retire the default OS, make sure you go through the process to migrate the config to another and make IT the default and boot control first. Forgetting this IS fixable, but can make your machine temporarily unbootable.