BUFFALO, NY - Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced he will conduct a statewide lottery to hand out tickets to President Obama's second inauguration in January.
Requests will only be accepted through Senator Schumer's website from now until December 13, 2012.
The random drawing will be held on December 14, 2012.
Tickets for the swearing-in ceremony are only provided through Congressional offices and are free of charge.
"I am thrilled to see the early excitement from New Yorkers all over the state who would like to attend the momentous swearing in of President Obama for his second term," said Schumer. "The statewide lottery will provide hundreds of New Yorkers the opportunity to experience history as they attend the President's swearing-in ceremony outside of the United States Capital.
"As a chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, I am glad that several New York businesses will be among those providing top-of-the-line refreshments and entertainment at the 57th Presidential Inauguration, and now New Yorkers will have the opportunity to enter a lottery through my office to receive tickets to this historic event."
Two tickets will be given to each lottery winner, and winners will be notified personally after the lottery is held.
To enter, New Yorkers should go to http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Contact/inauguration.cfm, and fill out the entry form.