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Foster Announces Lottery for Pope Francis Address Tickets

Aug 19, 2015
Press Release

Aurora, IL — Today, Congressman Bill Foster announced a lottery drawing for Eleventh District residents for a limited number of tickets to see Pope Francis’ address to Congress on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

The tickets will allow access to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol during Pope Francis’ address, which will be simulcast outdoors to the public. Pope Francis is also scheduled to make an appearance on the steps of the U.S. Capitol after the speech.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 7, 2015, and lottery winners will be notified on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. All winners will be responsible for their own transportation to Washington, D.C., as well as lodging and other trip expenses during their stay. In the event that a lottery winner is unable to use their tickets, their allocation will be redistributed to lottery entrants on the waitlist on a rolling basis.

The lottery is only open to residents of Illinois’ Eleventh District.

To find out if you are a resident of the Eleventh District, visit

For more details and to enter the lottery, visit