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January 9, 2012
Burning Man ticket lottery starts today

By Ed Fletcher
efletcher@sacbee.com

A revamped ticket sales process for the Burning Man art and music festival launched at noon today.

The summer festival moved to rework its ticketing process after the event sold out for the first time last year.

Held on a dry lake bed 110 miles north of Reno, the event draws attendees from all over the world. The inhospitable environment is turned in to a temporary city by free-spirited participants.

The first-time scarcity of tickets prompted ticket scalping on a secondary market. Participation is limited by the federal Bureau of Land Management, which manages the public lands on which the event is held.

The new ticketing process employs a tiered lottery for tickets at various price levels from $240 to $390. A pre-sale process sold 3,000 tickets at $420.

Applicants have until Jan. 22 to apply for the 40,000 tickets to be sold during the "main sale."

An additional 10,000 tickets will be sold in March.

For tickets visit http://tickets.burningman.com

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