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Jackson memorial ticket winners line up at Dodger Stadium


Cars and trucks blaring Michael Jackson music were lined up at Dodger Stadium as early as 6 this morning as people arrived to redeem their vouchers for the golden tickets and wristbands to Jackson’s Staples Center memorial service.

Bob and Shaneese Lewis of Palm Springs awoke at 3 a.m. to make the drive to the stadium. Both had registered for tickets online, and it was Bob Lewis' entry that got them through the gates.

La-me-jacksonstreetclosures-tn “I feel very lucky,” he said. “I grew up on Michael Jackson and I learned to dance watching Michael Jackson.”

The Lewises plan to stay with friends this evening, then pay their respects and pray for Jackson at the memorial service, which will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday. “I feel like I won the lottery,” Bob Lewis said.

About 1.6 million people signed up to receive the free tickets, which will grant entry either to the live event at Staples Center or to neighboring Nokia Theatre, where the memorial will be shown on a live feed.

-- Allen J. Schaben at Dodger Stadium and Nicole Santa Cruz

Photo: Michael Jackson fans Shaneese and Bob Lewis, of Palm Springs, show off the vouchers for tickets to the Jackson memorial that they won in an online lottery. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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For all the whiners who complain about their tax money being spent on this event but support the troops maybe you should be asking why we are spending billions of dollars on a pointless war that is not benefiting anyone. Michael Jackson was a great artist and a great person...he was 400 million dollars in debt yes but he also spent way more than that in charities of all kind when he was alive and that money helped a lot of needy people so can't you put a bill out of your pocket to take 1 single day to honor his memory?
I won't even take time to respond the child molestation critics as obviously some people don't know their facts!

I thought that it was only US citicen that could get ticket here:
thise two person on frontpage on LAtimes showing the tickes from a carwindow is norwegian citicen.

This is fun. Picked out of 1.7 million.

I believe that the Mayor is in Africa. Where is Arnold? What about all the cats and dogs who are going to be killed because the county and city have no money to feed and protect them? What about....etc. etc. etc.

Mike Davis was right, and I don't mean the LA Dodger who walked before Gibson's smash.

I think that this event will actually generate a lot of income for the local business. In addition, think what you will, MJ was a legend that died. This is a once in a lifetime event. Whatever you may think of MJ, this will be a global event. All eyes will be on your city tomorrow. That can't be a bad thing. RIP MJ. I wish I could have gotten a ticket!!! I would have flown in no questions asked.

Through his phenomenal music and global appeal, Michael Jackson presented the best of the United states of America to the rest of the world. He was the most brilliant cultural ambassador that USA could ever get.

Michael Jackson was the ultimate humanitarian who cared for the entire world and for every human being in it. He showed much care for sick children, the poor, and the underprivileged and brought joy and relief to them through his humanitarian deeds.

Although the media and some ruthless people tried to ruin him and his shining name, Michael Jackson will be remembered very dearly by billions around the world. His good name and immortal music will live forever. God bless his soul and give strength to his family and to the billions of adoring fans he has around the world.

We love you, Michael Jackson. No one will take your Number 1 place in the entertainment world. You shall remain the king of all music forever.

It's disgusting what people will go through to make a quick buck. I attempted to submit my information for two hours on Friday because the server crashed. I'm a true fan and have been mourning the loss of this phenomenal artist and it truly sickens me that I won't be there while faux fans and scam artists were blessed with such luck. I really hope karma pays them a cruel visit.

Disappointed Fan

so it cost's 5 million...

I know times are tough for many, but the worshippers will have left behind a lot more than 5 million before they leave LA. 5 million. What's that anyway? Like three dime per citizen of LA!! Get a perspective people and pay your taxes.

And ivy? If you live in Germany? Why the hell did you apply for a ticket?!! The memorial is tomorrow you moron, two tickets wasted@!

PS: Steinjo og Eckbo jo, xP... Nok et bevis på at Norge RULER heheh!!!

I just think it could have been a better way to get the tickets to the fans and not family. I have a feeling every relative of the Jackson Family will be in attendence.

Kristy is as bad as Mrs. Small.

Hello I would love to attend, I am a huge Michael Jackson fan, I live near Dodger Stadium and could pick up the tickets by 6 tonight. If anyone won a ticket and can't make it I would be very grateful to receive it and you could rest assured that your ticket is going to a true Michael Jackson fan who is going to attend. My e mail address is jimmyss1@gmail.com

I know I probably could have gotten more, but I sold mine for $500. Darn it, I should have held out for at least $1,000.

It was a scam, ity was not fair it was not a fair lottery 1.6 million, Scalpers got em and are selling them and somoe people are deserving such others not, and I think it was fixed and should be invesgtigated.

did you know they have a 32 dvd collection with all his concerts and music videos along with some special performances available?? a friend of mine got his from http://www.ultimatemichael.com it's a really amazing collection.

can't believe it i was sent an email at 2:20 pm that I won tickets. i didn't check it until i got home from work around 7pm and there is no way i could've made it. i had no internet access at work. don't understand why i was emailed so late:( if you're working on monday there is no way you can make it.. i was expecting an email sunday like they had announced and was checkng my email all day sunday. didn't even know it was extended.. so bummed:(((

I just flew in from Dallas to pay my respects (and yes I got my tickets via the lottery) So if your gonna hate then hate but to see all your lame comments on here really ticks me off,suck it up, tax pot or somthing, Or wait here's an idea elect a REAL politician as gov. And not an uneducated, non US, Action Movie Actor. Are you serious? Ca. is a joke,that's what you get for living in your" better than everybody else" bubble after reading this crap I will make sure not to purchase anything that requires me to pay a state tax! And to think I came here (to this blog) to find another person to share my extra ticket with.I will look else where.JW

I couldn't make it on time to pick up mt tickets by 6:00 pm. is that true that the El Rey Theatre will issued them there. I still have my Voucher's need my Wristbands, someone get back to me please. calderayvonne@yahoo.com

Haha omg, that's crazy that the norwegian guys won those tickets. Eckbo and Stenjo are famous, and Stenjo had completed Michael Jackson Biography (or something) the day he died. And he was also going to make a music video on world trade centre the day it collapsed, but something came in the way... lucky guy yeah... :)

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