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Ballot for Lions tickets drawn

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/11/2016

British and Irish Lions winger Josh Lewsey is wrapped up by All Blacks legend Tana Umaga at Eden Park in 2005. The All Blacks won the match 38-19 and the series 3-0. © Ross Setford/Getty Images British and Irish Lions winger Josh Lewsey is wrapped up by All Blacks legend Tana Umaga at Eden Park in 2005. The All Blacks won the match 38-19 and the series 3-0. Rugby fans who put their names in the hat for a chance to buy tickets to next year's Lions Tests against the All Blacks are about to find out if they've struck it lucky.

With demand far exceeding availability, New Zealand Rugby ran a public ballot for people living in New Zealand.

The successful applicants, who can buy up to four tickets for a Test, will begin to be notified on Friday.

NZR's Lions series general manager Nigel Cass says the interest has been unprecedented, with 150,000 entries received during the two-month online registration process that ran till November 1.

He says everyone who applied ballot would be contacted, whether successful or not.

Ticket prices for the three Tests range from $149 to $449.

The British and Irish Lions will play 10 matches during the tour and Cass says tickets are available for all of the non-Test fixtures.

2017 LIONS SERIES V ALL BLACKS

June 24 - First Test, Auckland

July 1 - Second Test, Wellington

July 8 - Third Test, Auckland

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