Pre-Show Lottery FAQs

We’re once again giving fans the opportunity to enter a pre-show lottery for a few of the most popular things to do at NYCC! Check out the FAQ below for more information and remember, as soon as you receive your badge in the mail or pick it up onsite at Will Call you MUST activate your badge to participate.

TWO IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • No worries if you haven't received your badge in the mail yet or if you placed an International order and need to pick it up at Will Call. You can still enter the lottery, but make sure to activate your badge as soon as you get it (whether in the mail or at Will Call onsite).
  • DO NOT RUSH THROUGH ENTERING THE LOTTERY. The lottery will be open from Thursday, September 13 until Monday, September 24 at 5:00 PM ET. Entering early will not increase your chances of winning. Take your time and make sure that you're entering everything correctly. Once you submit your lottery entries, you cannot edit them.

The pre-show lottery is now live through Monday, September 24 at 5:00 PM ET

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What can I enter for a chance to win?

The three things you can enter for a chance to win are:

  • A seat in a panel taking place on the Main Stage Presented by Verizon
  • A spot in limited autographing sessions with the casts from some of your favorite movies and TV shows
  • A chance to purchase some super limited exhibitor exclusives

Does this really make my experience better?

These lotteries will help you plan your show and not waste time in long lines – because no one wants to go to #LineCon, amirite? The coolest thing is that if you win, your badge will be pre-loaded with the lotteries you won and you'll simply tap your badge to redeem your spot at the time of the event.

When and where can I enter the lottery?

Fans can visit this page from Thursday, September 13 to Monday, September 24 at 5:00 PM/ET to enter for a chance to win.

Do I need to be Fan Verified?

Yes, in order to ensure that only NYCC fans are entering the pre-show lottery, only fans with Fan Verified email addresses will be able to enter. Our system is super smart too, so you can only enter lotteries for a day you have a valid NYCC badge.

Does my NYCC Badge need to be activated in order to participate ?

You do not need to activate your badge to enter the lottery, but you DO need to activate your badge to participate in the lottery. Basically what that means is entering the lottery is simply you entering your Fan Verification email and selecting which lotteries you'd like to be entered into. If you win, we'll be tying your winning lotteries to your badge and you'll tap your badge at the Main Stage Presented by Verizon panel, exhibitor booth, or private autographing session to be let in. That's why it's super important for you to activate your badge once you receive it (whether in the mail or at Will Call). Once it's activated to your Fan Verification account, your winning lotteries will sync automatically. Make sure to activate your badge now if you have your badge and haven't yet.

Can I enter for my friends who are Fan Verified or do I have to be a lone wolf for all the fun at NYCC?

Sort of, you can enter the lottery for you and your friends for panels only. We'll go into a bit more detail into the process in our next question.

Who is not eligible to enter the lottery?

Those with a Panelist, Crew, Staff, Kids*, or Exhibitor badge are not eligible.

*For more information on Kids badges, see the “What about Kids badges” questions.

Can Industry and Press badge holders enter the lottery?

Yes, but only for seating at the Main Stage Presented by Verizon. Press and Industry badge holders cannot be added to a Fan badge holder’s lottery entry and they cannot add additional guests to their entry.

What about Kids badges?

Kids under the age of 12, with the same Fan Verification email as the adult who purchased their ticket, are not eligible to enter the lottery. One kid is allowed to accompany one adult to a panel on the Main Stage Presented by Verizon, as long as this is noted during the adult badge holder’s lottery submission.

OK – so how exactly does the lottery work?

After entering your Fan Verified email, you'll be asked to prioritize the events you want to win. We've separated the lottery into two unique categories, in order to increase your chances of winning. Once you've selected the events you want to enter, you'll then be asked to enter your friends' Fan Verified email address for them to attend the panel with you (if you win).

Fans can enter for a chance to win up to (5) Panels & Private Autographing Sessions and (2) Exhibitor Exclusives, per day. If you win, you'll receive:

  • Up to four spots for the panel on the Main Stage Presented by Verizon
  • One spot for the limited autographing session
  • One spot for the exhibitor exclusive

After you’ve made your selections and added your friends' Fan Verified email addresses, you'll submit your selections and you will be entered into the lottery.

Can I change my selections after I’ve entered the lottery?

No – so make sure you take your time when selecting the events you want to win.

When do I find out if I'm a winner?

Winners will be notified by Friday, September 28 at 5:00 PM ET.

Will I be notified if I don’t win the lottery?

No, you will only be notified if you are a winner.

What happens if I selected as a winner?

You will be notified via email that you’re a winner and your selections will be tied to yours and your friends’ badges. Once your badges are activated, those winnings will be tied to each badge and you'll be able to see what you've won in your Fan Verification Hub.

When should I arrive to each event?

For limited signings and exhibitor exclusives, please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
For Panels in the Main Stage Presented by Verizon, please arrive to the 1C Queue Hall 35 minutes prior to the panel start time to gain entry.
Remember to arrive at these times – if you arrive after the scheduled start time, we can't guarantee your spot will still be available.

What happens if I'm not selected as a winner?

If you are not selected as a winner for autographing session, we're unfortunately unable to include you in those events.
For exhibitor exclusives, some exhibitors opted into having a virtual standby line where you can tap your activated badge and we'll send you a text message if there's availability and it's your turn to come back to the booth.
We are only reserving 50% of the seats in the Main Stage Presented by Verizon via the pre-show lottery, so if you are not selected as a winner, there's still a chance to see a panel in the Main Stage Presented by Verizon. Please review the Main Stage Presented by Verizon Clearing and Badge Tapping page for more information on how to reserve a seat.

Are all the seats in the Main Stage Presented by Verizon going to be filled via the pre-show lottery?

Nah – as we mentioned, only 50% of the seats in the Main Stage Presented by Verizon will be filled via the pre-show lottery. This means that there will be fewer seats available for those who did not win the lottery and are planning on queueing the day of. If you'd like to see a panel in the Main Stage Presented by Verizon and did not win the lottery, head to the Queue Hall in 1C when you arrive to tap your NYCC badge and reserve your seat. Seating for Main Stage Presented by Verizon panels will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and we will still be clearing the Main Stage Presented by Verizon after each panel. More details are available on our Main Stage Presented by Verizon Clearing and Badge Tapping page.

What about the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center?

Seating at these venues is first-come, first-served and is not included in the pre-show lottery. If you want to see a panel at these venues and you have your NYCC badge, you can head straight there in the morning or throughout the day. Keep an eye on @NYCCLines on Twitter and opt into our push notifications so that you can see if panels or full or if there's still availability.

Still have questions?

If you still have questions, please email NYCCLottery@ReedPOP.com.

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