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Nearly One Million Olympic Tickets to Go on Sale

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nearly one million Olympic tickets will go on sale Friday, including tickets to the highly coveted opening and closing ceremonies.

The upcoming sale gives hope to the one million people who applied previously but didn’t get tickets.  First dibs will go to the 20,000 people who missed out on the initial ballot and again on a subsequent second sale. They will have 31 hours of exclusive access.

After that, those who applied in the initial ballot will have five days to purchase tickets.

There are a total of 8.8 million tickets to the Olympic Games.  The Telegraph reported that of those, about six-and-a-half million are for fans, another million for countries sending athletes to the games and the final million are split between sponsors, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), guests and hospitality partners.

Unauthorized websites claiming to sell Olympic tickets are plentiful.  LOCOG, the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, has a “ticket checker” site with a list of known unauthorized sites.

For those who are able to score tickets in this latest sale, airfare and lodging to the Olympics is still available.

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