Friday, February 22, 2008

Do people win in the ticket lottery?

The New York Mets sent emails today to the people who won the recent ticket lottery for opening day and Yankees tickets. Once again, I did not win the lottery. The lottery was installed prior to the 2006 playoffs. Dave Howard, the Mets’ executive vice president decided to abandon the traditional method of making tickets available at box offices because the large number of season tickets left a limited inventory for public sale (Times).

It sounds like a good idea at first glance. Evert has an equal chance to go to select games. It doesn’t matter if you’re a die hard fan or if you just want to re-sell the tickets, you had an equal shot. But as I soon found out, the chance of winning is extremely remote. Since the lottery was installed their has been roughly 6 lotteries to win postseason, Yankees, or opening day tickets. I have yet to win.

After missing out on the chance to go to opening day again, I am wondering how is this fair? I know and hear of people who win almost every time, some just enter once, while I will enter multiple people; family, friends, and go with them but no of them ever win. I miss the days when the most passionate and dedicated fan got to go to the game because they would sit outside in the freezing cold to get tickets or even just wake up early so they could be on the website right as the ticket sales opened.

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