Saturday, July 4, 2009

michael jackson memorial lottery

Michael Jackson is clearly the international star in death that he was in life -- the memorial lottery is now open to the world.

More than 1.2 million people have registered to attend Michael Jackson's memorial service Tuesday at Staples Center, according to a Jackson family spokesperson.

Michael Jackson’s public memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 7 beginning at 10am PDT at the Staples Center Los Angeles.His fans were invited to enter an online lottery for one of 11,000 free tickets.

A further 6,500 free tickets will be available for fans to watch a simulcast on screens at the nearby Nokia Theatre by AEG Live, the promoter of Jackson’s planned series of London concerts. Jackson rehearsed at the Staples Centre on 23 June, two days before he died.

So many people tried to register for the lottery that the website's server briefly crashed Friday morning as the ticketing process was announced.

The lottery is open until 6pm Saturday Los Angeles time, when the winners will be drawn and then notified on Sunday.

Sunshine, the family’s spokesman, declined to give any more details about the memorial, saying it was still being developed. But fans have been told there will be no funeral procession or screens outside the centre.

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