Ticket Lottery FAQs

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HOW MUCH DO THE FOOTBALL TICKETS COST?
2014 tickets cost $85 each, including a $6 per ticket fee; the Virginia Tech premium game costs $116 including a $6 per ticket fee; and the Michigan premium game costs $156 per ticket including a $6 per ticket fee.

HOW DOES THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TICKET LOTTERY WORK?
Life and Sustaining Members of the Alumni Association (as of Dec. 31 of the previous year) who apply for the lottery by the end of the registration period in May, will be entered into a ticket lottery to potentially receive two tickets to one home game. The Athletics Ticket Office will conduct the lottery, which randomly assigns home game tickets to participating members. When all available tickets are assigned the lottery ends. Members are notified of their lottery results via e-mail in late June or early July.

 

WHAT ARE MY ODDS OF WINNING THE LOTTERY AND GETTING TICKETS TO A GAME?
It is difficult to determine anyone's chances in the lottery because it will depend on how many Association members apply and how many tickets are available. Those numbers vary greatly from year to year based on a number of external factors (quality of home schedule, team expectations, etc.). From 2011-13, nearly 100 percent of applicants received tickets, which was an increase from 2010 when 97 percent of applicants received tickets. In 2008 and 2009, 90 percent of members who applied for the lottery received tickets.

 

WHAT ARE 'PREMIER' GAMES ON THE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE?
Certain high-profile football games will be designated as premier each season. Up to two games may be designated as a premier game each season, and those games will have a higher ticket price than other games (the price will range between $85 and $175 per ticket, plus service charge). In 2014, the games against Virginia Tech and Michigan are designated as premier games. The Buckeye game against Virginia Tech will cost $116 per ticket, and the game against Michigan will cost $156 per ticket (including a $6 per ticket service charge).

 

DO I HAVE TO PAY EXTRA FOR TICKETS IF I RECEIVE A PREMIER GAME IN THE LOTTERY?
Participants in the Alumni Association ticket lottery have an option of choosing whether or not they want to be considered for the premier games. During the online registration process alumni will be given the option to make one of two selections: Yes, include me in the lottery for all games; or No, only include me for regular-priced games. If you select the second option, you will not be considered for premier games.

 

HOW MANY ASSOCIATION MEMBERS APPLY FOR TICKETS EACH YEAR?
The number of Alumni Association members who apply each year varies. Over the past few years between 35,000 and 40,000 members applied. 

 

IF MY CREDIT CARD IS BILLED BY THE TICKET OFFICE AFTER I APPLY ONLINE, SHOULD I ASSUME THAT I WON THE TICKET LOTTERY AND WILL GET TICKETS TO A GAME?
Your credit card will not be charged for tickets until it has been determined through the lottery that you have won them. Please make sure that the credit card you use to apply for tickets is valid through July 2014. If you are issued a new card within this period, please contact the Athletics Ticket Office to update your payment information. Also note that any donation you make to the Association when applying for tickets will be immediately charged to your credit card.

 

IF I DIDN'T GET TICKETS LAST YEAR, WILL I HAVE PRIORITY THIS YEAR?
No Life or Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association will receive special priority in regard to tickets. The process starts fresh each year.

 

WHEN WILL I GET MY TICKETS IF I WIN THE LOTTERY?
The OSU Ticket Office typically mails tickets two to three weeks before the home game you will be attending. The Alumni Association will notify you by e-mail when results are available, and you can also find those results at your Athletic Ticket Office online account. You will not receive your tickets or seat assignment until a few weeks before the game you are awarded.

 

WHY CAN'T I FIND OUT MY RESULTS UNTIL JULY?
Season ticket allocations for the Buckeye Club, President's Club, faculty/staff and students are made during June. The Alumni Association lottery will not be held until after season ticket allocations are made.

 

WHAT IF I WIN THE LOTTERY AND GET TICKETS TO A GAME I CANNOT ATTEND?
When you apply for tickets, you are making a commitment to accept the home game you are awarded. Tickets are non-refundable. However, the Athletics Ticket Office does provide two options for those who cannot attend the game they are awarded. You may forward your ticket via email to a family member or friend. You also may post your tickets for sale at the Buckeye Ticket Exchange. These services are available approximately three to four weeks before your game. For details, log in to your Ohio State Buckeyes account or call the ticket office at 614-292-2624 or 800-GO-BUCKS after you've received your game notification.


 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT APPLY FOR THE TICKET LOTTERY?
There is no penalty if you do not apply. A new lottery will be held each year.

 

WHY ARE ALUMNI BEING GIVEN MOSTLY NONCONFERENCE GAMES INSTEAD OF CONFERENCE GAMES?
Nonconference games have comprised the majority of tickets Alumni Association members have received in recent years. Beginning in 2012, more tickets in the OSUAA lottery have been for Big Ten home games, but the majority of tickets are still for non-conference home games.

 

DOES THE OHIO STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GET FEWER FOOTBALL TICKETS THAN OTHER COLLEGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS?
No other alumni associations in the Big Ten offer a football ticket opportunity as part of their benefit package. However, some do offer limited ticket opportunities. The University of Michigan, for example, allots 8,000 tickets annually for its Alumni Association. Penn State makes 1,000 tickets available to Association members for its Homecoming game.

 

HOW CAN I BE ASSURED OF RECEIVING TICKETS?
No university entity, including the Alumni Association, offers a guarantee of receiving tickets as part of membership in the organization. However, organizations such as the President's Club and the Buckeye Club do offer the opportunity to apply for tickets.

 

WHY ARE WE BEING ASKED TO REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE INSTEAD OF VIA U.S. MAIL?
To protect ticket applicants from identity theft, the university has asked its units to start phasing out the storage of credit card numbers, copies of checks, and canceled checks. By using an online payment method, ticket applicants are much more protected from identity theft or having their information shared without their knowledge.

 

I DON'T HAVE REGULAR ACCESS TO A COMPUTER OR AN E-MAIL ADDRESS. HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO REGISTER ONLINE?
There are several ways that people who don't use computers regularly can gain access. You can first check with your family or friends who have computer access and ask for their help in setting up an online account. Also, most public libraries offer computer access for those who have valid library cards. The library staff can assist you. You also may contact your local alumni club or your affiliated alumni society to see if someone in that organization can provide assistance. If none of those options work for you, contact the Alumni Association at (800) 762-5646 so we can assist.

 

IF I DONATE MONEY TO THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WHEN I APPLY FOR THE LOTTERY, DOES THAT IMPROVE MY CHANCES OF GETTING TICKETS?
No. Donor history plays no role in determining ticket priority in the Alumni Association lottery.

 

IF I DONATE MONEY WHEN I APPLY FOR TICKETS, WHERE WILL THAT MONEY GO?
Donations help fund the Alumni Association's engagement efforts with graduates of the university. Among the items that could be supported by these donations are programs and events, club and society support, student recruitment, alumni career assistance and more.

 

WILL MY DONATION TO THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BE CREDITED AS PART OF THE UNIVERSITY'S DONOR RECOGNITION PROGRAM?
Donations made as a part of the football ticket registration process do qualify to receive university credit.

 

HOW DO I MAKE A DONATION WHEN I APPLY FOR TICKETS?
When you apply online, you will see a field where you can enter the amount of money you'd like to donate to the Association. Your donation will be charged to your credit card account immediately, but your card will not be charged the ticket fee until the lottery is conducted and it has been determined whether or not you will receive tickets. If you are a Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association, making a $75 donation during the registration process will make you eligible for the following year's ticket lottery. If you've already made a donation of $75 or more to the fund of your choice for the calendar year, you are already eligible for the 2015 lottery.