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WASHINGTON - Nine Long Islanders have won tickets from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to be on the west lawn of the Capitol for Pope Francis's address to Congress on Sept. 24, Schumer's office announced Wednesday.
Each of the winners will get two tickets from the 100 pairs of tickets allotted to Schumer, and will be able to travel to Washington for the historic event, as Pope Francis becomes the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress.
The winners come from Bay Shore, Bethpage, Blue Point, Brentwood, Commack, Farmingville, North Patchogue, Ronkonkoma and Wantagh and were identified by Schumer's office as Angela Alarcon, Joan Eisele-Cooper, Laurie Graf, MaryEllen Humphrey, Claudia Kubik, Catherine Lowy, Daniel Mercuri, Catherine Rehman and Alice Rios.
Schumer selected the winners in a random drawing on Aug. 27, after New Yorkers submitted their names to the lottery beginning Aug. 14.
"Pope Francis' speech before Congress will be a historic moment for all of us, but especially for the lucky New Yorkers who will get to be a part of this momentous occasion," said Schumer in a news release.
"Although I wish all 11,000 entrants who submitted their names to the lottery could attend, there is only so much space, so I ask you to join me in congratulating these lucky New Yorkers," Schumer said.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) are also holding lotteries to distribute their allotment of papal tickets for his Washington appearance at the Capitol.
Other Long Island members of Congress are distributing their tickets to constituents.