The Masters – How to Score Lottery Tickets to Augusta
UPDATE: Check out the 2018 version of How to Score Lottery Tickets to Augusta!
If you are a golf fan, then you know that this week is Masters Week! The famed golf tournament is held in Augusta, Georgia every year and is always a spectacle, whether you are a golf fan or not! While spectator’s tickets are not expensive, they are very difficult to come by…
Not only are tickets available to view the actual tournament that runs Thursday through Sunday, but tickets to watch the golfers practice the course Monday through Wednesday leading up to the tournament are also available (and hard to come by)!
This year, I was lucky to get my hands on some Tuesday Practice Round tickets via the random lottery and was very excited to make the trip to Augusta yesterday!
For those of you interested in getting tickets for future years, I thought I would put together a little lottery how-to guide.
If you have access to Masters tickets through corporate sponsorship or perhaps friends in high places, then that route will give you a much better chance at tickets than the lottery… But I have only been entering the lottery since 2013, so winning in 2016 gives me a win rate of 1 out of 4 – which is pretty good odds!
First, input your email at the Masters Ticket Website and then follow the link sent to your email to sign up for an account:
Fill out all the required information:
Note when 2017 Masters applications for tickets are due:
Now that you have an account at Masters.com, you will be notified when ticket applications are available!
You can then input your ticket requests (similar to how I did for 2016):
The first lottery selection is for the Thursday through Sunday Tournament days. If you are not chosen to receive lottery tickets you will be notified:
Subsequently, you will be notified if you are chosen in the Practice Round lottery, and if you have the opportunity to purchase tickets:
If you are selected, send in your payment and you will be mailed your tickets in the weeks prior to the tournament.
Congratulations! You have your Masters tickets… now make sure to use points, miles and every trick in the book to get to Augusta, GA without breaking the bank!
The Masters Tournament is an experience to be had… so apply for the lottery for tickets and your chance to see it live!
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