BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The reward of one lottery heating up now in New York State isn’t monetary, it’s historic.
Senior Senator Chuck Schumer announced 201 lucky New Yorkers will get to watch Pope Francis’ historic visit to Washington, D.C. Schumer said he received one guest ticket for the pontiff’s address to congress, and 200 tickets for the audience on the West Lawn of the Capitol.
Schumer says 100 people who enter the lottery will come away with a pair of tickets — and one additional person will win the coveted ticket to see the meeting in Congress.
The lottery is one of very few methods for western New Yorkers to get their shot at seeing the pontiff in person, as tickets are scarce. The scarcity prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to issue a warning about scams for expensive, but fake tickets online.
See more on Pope Francis’ historic visit to the U.S., including a full schedule here.