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The Winnipeg Jets will try to play no favourites, opting for a random draw to sell what few tickets remain to their games in the 2011-12 season.

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The Winnipeg Jets will try to play no favourites, opting for a random draw to sell what few tickets remain to their games in the 2011-12 season.

The draw will allow for a fair and equal distribution of tickets to the 41 regular-season home games, the team said at a Friday press conference.

The Jets said those who are successfully drawn can “win” only once during the coming season. 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.

Mike Aporius / Winnipeg Free Press Draw winners can buy two tickets for a single game or single tickets for two games.

The team’s website, jets.nhl.com, is now open for taking ballots for fans who would like to buy individual-game tickets.

The actual sale of tickets to draw winners will take place starting the third Saturday of each month for the next month’s tickets. October game tickets go on sale Sept. 24, November tickets 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, then took a waiting list of 8,000 for their 15,003-seat MTS Centre in June. True North CEO Jim Ludlow said Friday the Jets anticipate 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 more than 50 per cent of the tickets that will be available will be in the upper-deck P7 sections.

The team has chosen to follow the lead of numerous other NHL clubs by introducing a variable-pricing policy for its individual-game sales.

A-list games will go for $60.45 for the P7 sections and rise to $199.95 for P1 tickets. Those include games against Montreal, Pittsburgh, Washington, Anaheim, Toronto and Tampa Bay.

B-list games will range from $54.60 to $180.60, and C-list games will be priced 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 at jets.nhl.com

The team also pointed to its own ticket-brokering site, which will go live Monday at 10 a.m. There, sellers of Jets season tickets who want to sell individual-game tickets can be matched with a buyer.

Ludlow said the team is in the brokering business so buyers and sellers alike can be sure of a safe and reliable method to exchange tickets.

He said the team can guarantee the authenticity of the tickets bought or sold through its website, as well as ensure the transaction price does not exceed the face value of the ticket, which is the law in Manitoba.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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