Inauguration Jackpot

Lottery drawings taking place for Presidential Inauguration

Looking to win those coveted tickets to the Inauguration? Good luck winning the lottery. 

Some of the state’s elected officials are still taking requests and holding lotteries. Others are no longer taking requests.

Sen. Christopher Dodd's office will hold a drawing this week for Connecticut residents hoping to win a ticket to President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, a representative from Dodd's office said.

U.S Rep. Rosa DeLauro will hold a lottery on Friday and other officials are taking requests on their Web sites.

Dodd received more than 10,000 requests for tickets, but the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has allocated 393 tickets to each Senate office.

A random drawing will be held to raffle off 200 of those 393 tickets.  The remaining inauguration tickets will be given to Connecticut elected officials, community leaders, family and key supporters of President-elect Obama.

In order to become eligible for the lottery, you must be a Connecticut resident.  You can request a maximum of two tickets, but those requests must be received by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

You can still request tickets by calling Sen. Dodd's office at 202-224-1083 or by sending an e-mail to

Sen. Dodd encourages people to attend the inauguration - many events are free - even if they do not have a ticket.

DeLauro, like all House members, received 198 tickets. She has already received more that 4,200 requests for tickets. Some tickets will go to her family, friends and staff, DeLauro said in a news release on her Web site.

To request tickets, go to DeLauro’s Web site here and fill out the form.  The lottery will be held on Dec. 19. No individual will receive more than two tickets, she said.

Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, is taking requests on his Web site. Click here to request tickets.

Rep.-elect Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, is asking his constituents to fill out a form on his Web site.

Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, has a place for requests on his Web site. His office will not accommodate requests from people who do not live in his district, his Web site states.

Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, has a ticket distribution police on his site but the deadline for requests was Dec. 5.

Sen. Joe Lieberman’s site says inauguration ticket requests are no longer being accepted.

Several elected officials said they encourage people to attend the inauguration - many events are free - even if they do not have a ticket. For more on inaugural events, go to this site.

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