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Miami Marlins notify winners and losers of Opening Night ticket lottery contest

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For the majority of the nearly 90,000 who had entered a lottery hopeful of having a shot at two tickets for the Miami Marlins' opening night game, the news was not good on Monday afternoon.

But for the few thousand who were selected, it was a great start to the week.

In an incredible show of interest in the inaugural contest against the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, April 4, the Marlins announced that there were a total of 87,273 registrants for the ticket opportunity.

Fans first started to sign up on the Marlins' website early this month, and the response was overwhelming.

"In order to offer everyone the chance to purchase two tickets for Opening Night, it would require 174,506 seats - nearly five times the capacity of Marlins Park," the Marlins wrote in their response to the lottery registrants.

There was some good news for the applicants who were not selected for opening night tickets. They will receive up to a $10 per ticket discount on tickets to every game during the team's first official homestand against the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs.

Those who lost out in the lottery will be able to purchase up to eight tickets at a special price, and will be notified by email of the opportunity next week.

The first game at the new 37,000-seat retractable roof ballpark is next Monday, March 5 when Belen Jesuit and Miami Columbus high schools take to the diamond. The first pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

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