Area residents have until 5 p.m. Dec. 14 to register for a lottery for tickets to President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, announced Wednesday.

To enter the lottery, go on the Internet to and fill out the form. There is no charge to enter the lottery or for the tickets. Winners are responsible for their own travel arrangements.

Winners of the lottery will be notified at a later date. They will also receive information at that time about how to claim their tickets.

Inauguration Day is Jan. 21. There will be a variety of events that will not require tickets, including a public viewing area of the inaugural ceremony on the National Mall and the public inauguration parade. Those unable to get tickets through Loebsack’s office can go to the Inauguration Planning Committee website,, for details on non-ticketed events.

Loebsack’s office warned that there are individuals and organizations trying to sell fake tickets. Tickets are being provided free and only from official government offices.

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