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Cardin, Mikulski Turn to Lottery for Inaugural Tickets

Because of overwhelming demand for tickets to the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikuski and Ben Cardin, both Democrats, have decided to dispense their tickets by random drawing, staffers said.

Cardin's office on Thursday notified the 55,000 people who had applied for tickets via telephone calls, e-mail and in-person pleas that a lottery would be used to dispense the fewer than 400 tickets the office can dispense, said Cardin spokeswoman Sue Walitsky.

"We're still getting calls from people who still want to put their name in to request tickets," she said.

Mikulski spokeswoman Cassie Harvey said the senator had decided on a lottery because "the number of people contacting us has been astronomical."

Besides, she said, a lottery would be the "the best way, the fairest way to do it."

Both staffs said they did not how many tickets their offices would be given but officials believe it will be fewer than 400. They were still working out the logistics of a random drawing.
By Avis Thomas-Lester

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Where is the economic plan of Senators Mikulski and Cardin to deal with the economic crisis where the life savings of homeowners is being melted away? The DOW is now at 1997 levels. What are Mikulski and Cardin waiting for? Inaugural balls? Failure to present an economic plan pronto will result in inaugural falls.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | November 21, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

How many tickets did they say would be released? 400 tickets per each of our 535 legistators - that's just about 200,000 tickets. Seems low to me.

Posted by: reiflame1 | November 21, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

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