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NY Sen. Schumer Awards 175 Inauguration Tix Out of 150,000 Requests

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) today made 175 people happy and disappointed another 149,825 when he announced the winners of his statewide lottery for tickets to President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration.

About 150,000 New Yorkers entered the lottery, according to his office, but he gave out tickets to just 175 of them (each will get two tickets).

How'd the regional distribution work out? Here's the tally: 7 winners in the Bronx, 29 in Brooklyn, 27 in Manhattan, 18 in Queens, 4 in Staten Island, 26 in Long Island, 13 in Suffolk County, 13 in Nassau County, and 12 in Westchester County.

“I am so pleased that these New Yorkers will soon be headed to Washington D.C. to celebrate the bright future that is ahead of us,” Schumer said in a statement. “After an historic election season and the extraordinary nomination of Barack Obama, it is time for America to celebrate the bright future that is ahead of us. Although I wish all of America could attend the Inauguration, there is only so much space, and I ask you to join me in congratulating these lucky New Yorkers for winning their tickets.”

By David A Nakamura  |  December 17, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  | Category:  Tickets
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I thought each senator/rep had 400 tickets? what happened to his other 50 tickets?

Posted by: linda_521 | December 17, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

He has a big family...

Posted by: Dan4 | December 17, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow, no tickets went upstate?

Posted by: astronomer | December 17, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

My congressional rep said he was given 198 tickets to give and gave them out via random lottery. I was surprised by the low number too. I live in PA.

Posted by: ambersky | December 22, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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