Not for free, the Tokyo Olympics 2020 lottery tickets.

As the residents of Japan flooded Tokyo Olympics 2020 official website (, to register for the so-called lottery tickets, it’s become imperative to explain that the tickets are not for free.

The lottery tickets for the 2020 opened on Thursday at 10 a.m. and anyone living in the country can register to enter a lottery to purchase tickets to specific sporting events for the 2020 Games, registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on May 28.

Although currently only people residing in Japan are eligible, tickets for non-Japanese residents will be available from June 15 in other countries, by Authorized Ticket Resellers.

Overwhelmed officials were alarmed that at one point on Thursday, about 180,000 applicants were simultaneously in application waiting line created to buffer applicants and the official website. Hidenori Suzuki, the head of ticketing, had to advice buyers not to rush because all aplications will be treated the same in the lottery, irrespective of when they entered.

Just because it’s termed lottery doesn’t mean it’s free, all the winners will be required to submit payment by July 2 at 11:59 p.m. after the results are announced on June 20.

The opening ceremony on July 24 features the most expensive ticket which ranges up to 300,000 yen ($2,680). While the most expensive ticket for the closing ceremony is priced at 220,000 yen ($1,965). Tickets for other sporting events like the men’s 100-meter and basketball finals will go up to 130,000 yen ($1,160.

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