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WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets are instituting a random draw to sell the remaining tickets to their game this season, the NHL's first here since 1995-96.

The draw allows for a fair and equal distribution of game tickets, as the team said today successfully drawn applicants can "win" only once. The successful purchaser will be sent a code to open access to either two tickets for a single game, or single tickets to two games.

The team's website, jets.nhl.com, is now open for taking ballots for fans wanting individual-game tickets.

Tickets will go on sale the third Saturday of each month this season. October games go on sale Sept. 24, then November games go on sale Oct. 15 and so on.

Ballot entries will be open throughout the season and fans won't have to re-enter each month. Only one ballot is permitted per name and credit card number.

The team sold 13,000 season tickets for their 15,003-seat MTS Centre in June and True North CEO Jim Ludlow said today the Jets anticipate that an average of 600 tickets will be available through the drawing for each game.

"The number will vary, but it's in the range of 600 tickets per game," Ludlow said. "Right now, we think it gives everybody a chance to come to a game. We have lots of demand, not much supply.

"We thought the first-come, first-served method tended to favour some people who are getting to the front of the line all the time."

Ludlow said that more than 50 per cent of the tickets that will be available will be in the upper-deck P7 sections.

The team has also chosen a variable-pricing policy for its individual-game sales.

A games will go for $60.45 for the P7 sections all the way up to $199.95 for P1 tickets. Those include opponents Montreal, Pittsburgh, Washington, Anaheim, Toronto and Tampa Bay.

B games will range from $54.60 to $180.60 while C games will go from $48.75 to $161.25.

The category of games goes by date, not team, as Carolina and Ottawa are on both the B and C lists. The full schedule of A, B, and C games is available on at jets.nhl.com

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

History

Updated on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 10:34 PM CDT: Adds announcement delayed until Friday.

September 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM: Announces time of conference.

1:22 PM: Adds link.

2:11 PM: Adds details of announcement

2:13 PM: Adds details of tiered pricing scale

2:48 PM: Corrects price of top ticket.

3:33 PM: Adds details, quotes

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