PARIS (AP) — Online registration for a lottery draw where winners can buy tickets for next year’s Olympic Games in Paris closed on Thursday.
Entries for the draw ended at 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT), and applicants must now wait until early next month to find out if they were successful.
After a first phase of ticket sales featuring packages ended March 15, registration for a lottery draw for single tickets began that day.
On Thursday, Paris 2024 organizers tweeted a final message at around 3 p.m. to encourage any last-gasp applicants to sign up.
They wrote “ cross the line before 18H ” along with a photo of multiple Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix of the United States crossing the line victoriously at the 2016 Rio Games.
Figures on the number of applications, where they were from and other statistics, were not made available Thursday. Details were expected to be provided on Friday.
Those successful in the lottery will each receive an allocated time slot for when they can purchase their tickets starting May 11, after which they have 48 hours to buy.
All will be informed two days beforehand as to when their allocated time slot is going to take place. Tickets will be available in five categories according to price.
A maximum of 30 tickets overall can be bought for each account holder who took part in the lottery draw, with a maximum of six for any particular session at the Games.
While tickets can also be purchased for friends and family, they are not for re-sale other than on the official platform.
Those who were not successful in the lottery draw will also be informed by email. They are encouraged to stay connected for future ticket opportunities at the end of 2023, although it was not yet clear under what format.
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