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Rangers Fans Hoping for Luck in Ticket Lottery

By Ashanti Blaize
|  Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011  |  Updated 12:28 PM CDT
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Opening Day is still 40 days away, but you better act fast if you want to be there.

The lottery for single tickets to see the Texas Rangers take on the Boston Red Sox on April 1 closes at noon on Monday.

The Rangers' owners decided to hold an online lottery for single tickets to Opening Day. Winners score a chance to buy up to four tickets.

"We wanted to establish a system that is as fair as possible," team co-owner Chuck Greenberg said. "We don't want to penalize fans who have to work and don't have time to spend all morning on the phone or camp out the night before at the ballpark."

Rangers fan Hans Holkom agreed.

"I think it gives everyone a fair chance to get a ticket," he said.

Arlington resident Lisa Schultz, who has been a Rangers fan for decades, is hoping she's one of the lucky winners.

"I have actually registered to the lottery, so hopefully, I'll get a chance," she said.

But if she doesn't, there's always plan B.

"I do have a friend who is actually signing up for the 20-pack, so I'm going to try to beg if I don't get my chance at the tickets," she said. "I will try to beg to get in for Opening Day."

Lottery winners will be notified by e-mail by Wednesday.

But fans who don't win can still get Opening Day tickets by purchasing a 10-game plan that starts at $150. The game plan includes a free ticket for Opening Day.

However, the clock is ticking on that route, also. The free ticket offer is only while supplies last, and most of the 10-day plans were sold out of Opening Day tickets as of Saturday night.

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