Still Thrilling: 1.6M Vie for Jackson Memorial Tickets

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2009 5:00 AM CDT
Leandro Lapagesse, 27, of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, shows off his tattoo near the gates of Michael Jackson's former residence, Neverland Ranch. Millions of fans hope to attend Jackson's memorial.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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(Newser) – Some 1.6 million fans vied for fewer than 18,000 spots to attend Michael Jackson's upcoming memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, reports CNN. Each of the 8750
winners of a lottery will receive a pair of tickets to Tuesday's event. They'll be informed via email today on how to collect their golden tickets after organizers sift through duplicate applications by suspected ticket scalpers.