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Waiting on the ticket lottery? Don't hold your breath



If you were banking on the ticket lottery to get seats for the Tampa Bay Rays’ first-ever World Series - if it happens - it may be time to get out your lucky rabbit’s foot. Or start considering Plan B.

Already more than 450,000 people have entered a lottery for possible Tampa Bay Rays’ World Series tickets, senior vice president Mark Fernandez said today.

Dates and times for a ticket drawing have not yet been set, largely because the Rays still are one win short. But here’s what you need to know should the Rays advance with a victory tonight or this weekend against the Boston Red Sox.

  • The lottery is conducted by Major League Baseball Advanced Media and not the Rays. Whether you've won a lottery drawing in the past or not, every name is put back into the hat for World Series tickets. (If you've registered through, you don't have to do anything. You're automatically in the drawing for World Series tickets).
  • If you haven't registered for the lottery, you have until midnight tonight to register for World Series games 1 and 2 at You can still register after today for possible games 6 and 7.
  • There are no preferences. It doesn't matter if you are in Florida (though the vast majority of entrants are, Fernandez said) or if you've purchased tickets before. Everyone has the same chance.
  • The tarps will remain off the upper deck seats for the World Series. But more seats will be needed to accommodate MLB VIPs and media.
  • Ticket prices, which range from $100-$500, are set by MLB. The Rays don't have a say in prices.
  • Lottery winners will initially get the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets for both World Series games' 1 and 2.
  • The Rays will not say how many seats will be available through the lottery (the Trop will seat somewhere around 41,000).
  • The Rays also say they do not know how many people will win the lottery. But winning the lottery will not guarantee you get seats. You still have to rush to the computer when you're told to.
  • Parking rules ($10 a car, four people in a car) will likely not change for the World Series.
  • If you lose the lottery and don't have season tickets, your best option to see the game is through ticket re-salers like StubHub.
  • According to StubHub, the average Rays World Series ticket is selling for $581. The average ticket for games in Philadelphia is re-selling for $846.

Good luck.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:41am]


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