Lottery ticket sales brisk for Trump visit to Mount Rushmore

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RAPID CITY (AP) – South Dakota tourism officials said the number of ticket requests Friday for President Donald Trump's planned appearance at a Mount Rushmore fireworks show were nearly four times the amount available in the lottery.

Officials said they received nearly 5,700 applications requesting nearly 29,000 tickets by midday on Friday, the first day of ticket sales, the Rapid City Journal reported. Maximum capacity for the July 3 event is 7,500 people in ticketed areas.

The fireworks display at Mount Rushmore to celebrate Independence Day has not happened since 2009, when it was ended because of fire danger after a pine beetle infestation.

It costs $1 to enter the lottery, which is a non-refundable fee and doesn’t guarantee tickets. Those who are selected to receive tickets won’t pay any additional cost.

Lottery ticket sales closed 10 a.m. Monday. Tickets will be awarded by Friday.

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