Olympics Lottery

17 06 2011

 

Did anyone out there actually get any tickets to the Olympics?

I applied in April for a very modest number of tickets to the first round of the women’s shot put on a monday morning thinking that I might have a chance of actually getting the tickets. After going through the bizarre application process I felt confident that me and my family would be going to see something of the olympics that we are all going to spend the rest of our lives paying for. Today on the 17th of June, I received an e-mail (below) informing me that I had not been successful with my application to the games.

London 2012
Dear Benjamin,
Your Olympic Games ticket application.

We would like to thank you for applying for London 2012 Olympic Games tickets.

Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets, we are sorry that you have not been allocated the tickets you requested. We can confirm that we have not taken any payment from you.

Demand for tickets greatly exceeded supply in the sessions and price categories you applied for. Where sessions were oversubscribed, we undertook a random ballot to allocate tickets in the fairest possible way. We had applications for more than 20 million tickets, seeing huge demand across many sports. Two-thirds of all price categories were oversubscribed and went to ballot.

Exclusive opportunity

We would like to invite you to take advantage of an exclusive opportunity to purchase some of the remaining tickets, in advance of those customers who were allocated tickets in the initial application phase.

From 6am on 24 June until 6pm on 3 July 2011 you will be able to request some of the remaining tickets on the London 2012 ticketing website

These tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. They cover a great range of Olympic sports including Athletics, Basketball, Football, Handball, Hockey and Volleyball. Download the full list of available sports

During this second chance sales window you will only be able to submit one application, and you will be able to apply for a maximum of three sessions. Once you submit, you will receive an email confirming your application. We will then advise you which tickets you have been allocated within 24-48 hours, subject to successful payment. All payments will be taken between 4 and 7 July 2011.

We very much hope you will take advantage of this exclusive ticket offer so you can still be a part of the greatest show on earth.

If you have any questions regarding your Olympic Games ticket application, please visit our Frequently asked questions

Thomas Cook Games Breaks

As the official provider of short breaks to the Games, Thomas Cook still have a limited number of Games Breaks available. Thomas Cook Games Breaks start at £99 per person and include official tickets, accommodation in London hotels and a range of other services. Find out more on the Thomas Cook website

Best wishes
The London 2012 Ticketing team

London 2012

Be aware

Please be vigilant if attempting to purchase London 2012 tickets from sources other than www.tickets.london2012.com and ensure you are buying from an authorised outlet. A full list of authorised ticket resellers is available here

Apparently only 36% of applicants actually got any tickets. My mistake was that I was far too modest, I should have gone in all guns blazing and staked my life savings on getting some tickets, as this research by the guardian shows:

How much were you prepared to spend?

Range % chance of getting tickets
£1-£249 35.80%
£250-499 40.00%
£500-£749 42.90%
£750-£999 47.30%
£1,000-£1,499 53.50%
£1,500-£1,999 57.10%
£2,000-£2,499 59.40%
£2,500-£2,999 67.70%
£3,000-£3,999 60.20%
£4,000-£4,999 62.30%
£5,000 plus 83.10%

Boris Johnson is ‘slightly cheesed off’ about not getting his own tickets – will he be watching it on TV?

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