Yesterday,the winners of a lotto for tickets to the Michael Jackson Memorial at The Staple Center in L.A. were notified they had won. Out of the 1.6 million fans who registered for the lottery, only 8,750 received an email that read: “Congratulations, your application was successful.” Some of the tickets are already appearing on Ebay for as much as $100,000.
Each of the 8,750 randomly selected applicants will receive two tickets to the event According to event spokesman Michael Roth, wristbands will be issued and organizers will check ID to make sure that names correspond with those of online applicants. However, Roth admitted that some of the tickets would be sold. “Theoretically, the second wristband can be sold,” he said.
If you weren’t lucky enough to receive tickets to the memorial service and can’t afford the Ebay price, you can still watch the entire ceremony on TV.
The memorial will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. (PDT). ABC, CNN, HLN, MSNBC, E!, CNN en Espanol and CNN International all plan to broadcast the memorial live. Several networks are sending their top anchors to broadcast live from The Staples Center, including Charles Gibson for ABC and Anderson Cooper for CNN. Katie Couric will cover the event for CBS, but the network hasn’t released how it intends to broadcast the memorial. NBC, meanwhile, is not planning live coverage, instead choosing to air a one-hour highlight special in prime-time.
Though the line-up for the memorial has not been confirmed, Stevie Nicks and Mariah Carey are both rumored to be performing.
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