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November 27, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Fueled by a frenzy of ticket-buying, the jackpot in Wednesday's Powerball lottery has been increased to $500 million. News of the increased pot, posted on the lottery's website, is likely to set up even more buying as players head to the drawing at 10:59 (Eastern) on Wednesday. Traditionally, ticket-buying volume increases as the drawing approaches, with as much as 60% of all sales coming on the last day in a final mad rush. Before the increase, the jackpot stood at $425 million, not exactly chump change.
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NATIONAL
November 26, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
They call La Tienda the home of the "Utah Lottery," but the convenience store is in Idaho, in the border town of Franklin. And as Powerball's jackpot swells to a record $425 million, Utah residents hoping to strike it rich are fleeing their state's lottery ban for this ticket-selling store in droves. "This weekend we had four registers running, and they were going 15 or 20 [people] deep," said La Tienda owner K.C. Spackman, who guesses that 90% of his customers are from Utah and who sold a winning $1-million ticket to a Utah mother and daughter last year.
SPORTS
October 2, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
If you buy season tickets from the Dodgers, you won't pay more next year. If you buy tickets for a game here and there, you might. The Dodgers lead the National League in attendance, and they are on the verge of winning back-to-back division championships for the first time in 31 years, but they have nonetheless decided to freeze the price of season tickets for the second consecutive year. The Dodgers are expected, however, to raise single-game prices for the most popular home dates next season.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The first opportunity to buy tickets for three Eagles shows that will open the reinvigorated Forum in Inglewood in January begins Friday before they go on general sale on Sept. 28. Those who  register online  by Thursday for a “fan invitation” program will be eligible for an e-mail offer to buy tickets starting Friday.  Instructions state that “select fans will receive invitations by email to purchase tickets.” Those who buy tickets through the random selection process also will receive a commemorative poster from the shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has argued for weeks that his acceptance of free tickets to concerts, awards shows and athletic events is not subject to state gift disclosure law because his attendance is part of his official duties. Yet beyond the thorny legal issues, Villaraigosa faces a political question: Can he drive a hard bargain with entities that do millions of dollars in business with the city if they are also giving him access to pricey entertainment? Villaraigosa has been spotted in a box behind home plate singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with Frank McCourt, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, at one of 15 games he says he attended free of charge since 2005.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
This was the last year that BET staged its annual awards spectacle at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, where it'd been held since 2006, and Sunday's telecast lived up to its "Too big to miss" tagline. The three-hour-plus production saw the highly antcipated return of D'Angelo, over-the-top performances by Kanye West (and his G.O.O.D. Music clan), Nicki Minaj and an emotional tribute to the late Whitney Houston led by her mother, Cissy. Though not a ratings smash -- it drew 7.4 million viewers, down slightly from last year's 7.7 million --  next year's telecast could change that.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
If you're an American chasing tickets for the World Cup beginning June 12, your time is running short, and you have to go through Brasilia and FIFA, not necessarily in that order. Brasilia is the Brazilian capital, where the government oversees handling of visa applications. In fact, Brazil has set up a separate visa category for World Cup visitors, presumably simplifying red tape that has sometimes complicated travel between the U.S. and Brazil. But to get one of those visas, you must first show that you have tickets to one of the competition's 64 matches in 12 cities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
It turns out Elmo is more popular than Pitbull among staffers at the state Capitol. Companies that lobby state government have filed reports listing the gifts they gave state workers during the three months ending June 30 and, as usual, AT&T, is one of the biggest givers. Legislative staffers accepted 13 free tickets from AT&T to a concert by rapper Pitbull  at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The tickets were worth nearly $2,000 But there was one show that was more popular.
SPORTS
March 8, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Edwin Gomez woke about dawn Saturday, made the long drive from Riverside, and by 11 a.m. found himself standing in a Dodger Stadium parking lot holding an envelope containing 23 baseball tickets. Yet if the Dodgers hadn't signed Manny Ramirez three days earlier, Gomez probably would have slept in. "I'm a Manny fan," said Gomez, layered in a pair of new Ramirez jerseys and a bright blue Dodgers cap. "It's more exciting with him. He makes the games more exciting."
NEWS
April 15, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Trois Mec, the new restaurant from chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, opens Thursday in the space that was Raffallo's Pizza & Italian Foods (the sign's still there) in a strip mall on Melrose Avenue. And to get reservations? You'll have to buy nonrefundable tickets upfront online. People buy tickets for basketball games, movies and concerts. And "people buy a lot of things online before they get them," points out Lefebvre. So would you buy tickets for dinner? Here are a few of the dozens of comments from readers who responded to Sunday's L.A. Times story: Good idea.
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