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Zeldin holds lottery for pope's address to Congress

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Credit: AP

Washington - East End residents can now enter a lottery for tickets allowing them to be on the U.S. Capitol's west lawn as Pope Francis makes his historic address to a joint session of Congress, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) announced Wednesday.

Winners will be able to be outside the Capitol building to watch a simulcast of the pope's address on large outdoor screens on the morning of Sept. 24.

The lottery can be entered by signing up online at Zeldin's website beginning Wednesday through 5 p.m. Sept. 14, Zeldin said in a release. 

Tickets are limited to constituents in the 1st Congressional District, and are not to be resold.  Winners will be chosen at random, and they will be responsible for travel to and accommodations in Washington.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) also is holding a lottery for pope tickets. Reps. Peter King (R-Seaford), Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) also are taking requests for tickets. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) held a lottery that ended last week. 

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