On January 25, 2014, the board of trustees changed the policy for number of tickets in the lottery for each consecutive year an applicant applies for the lottery, fails to be selected and otherwise does not gain entry into the race. Instead of a single additional ticket in the hat, the ticket count will increase by 2^(n-1) where n is the number of years applied. This will be in place beginning with the upcoming 2015 race lottery (held in December 2014).
- First year applicants will have 1 ticket (2^0).
- Second year applicants will have 2 tickets (2^1).
- Third year applicants will have 4 tickets (2^2).
- Fourth year applicants will have 8 tickets (2^3).
- Fifth year applicants will have 16 tickets (2^4).
- Sixth year applicants will have 32 tickets (2^5).
This new policy increases the probability of being selected for consecutive lottery losers more significantly than the previous linear model (1,2,3,4,5, etc). As before, if an applicant gains entry into the race either by being selected in the lottery or any other means (MUC, UTWT, Sponsor, Race Admin, etc) the ticket count will start over when they apply for the lottery. Also, as before, in order to gain extra tickets, the applicant must qualify and apply for the lottery each year.
Please see our lottery page for more details.