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Live 8 Ticket Lottery Kicks Off

British musician Bob Geldof, one of the original founders and organizers of Live Aid concerts in 1985 that raised millions for Ethiopian famine victims, poses for the photographers prior to a news conference in London, Tuesday May 31, 2005.
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People hoping to win a pair of tickets to next month's Live 8 concert in London sent more than 1 million mobile phone text message entries in the opening hours of a text lottery Monday morning, organizers said.

Tickets to the London installment of Live 8, the series of international concerts organized by Bob Geldof and aimed at promoting awareness of poverty in Africa before July's G8 summit, will be distributed through the text lottery.

For a chance at one of the 66,500 pairs of tickets, individuals can text in the answer to a single question, which asks which of three cities — Berlin, Moscow or Edinburgh — are closest to the site of July's G8 summit. The deadline for applications is midnight on June 12, and participants must be British residents.

Sophie O'Kelly, 23, said she entered the lottery once Monday morning.

"The question was really easy," she said. "I might enter once more."

While the concert tickets are free, entering the lottery is not. Each text submission costs $2.70.