You are going to have to get very lucky if you want to attend Michael Jackson's memorial service in person.
Details of next Tuesday's public memorial for Michael Jackson were released in Los Angeles Friday by the owners of Staples Center.
Staples Center CEO Tim Leiweke says 17,500 free tickets will be provided.
Leiweke says 11,000 tickets will be for seats inside Staples Center and 6,500 will be for seats in the adjacent Nokia Theatre, where fans will watch a simulcast.
People who want tickets must register on the Web at Staplescenter.com. After 6 p.m. Saturday, 8,750 names will be randomly selected to receive two tickets each.
Notifications will go out on Sunday. Those selected will obtain their tickets via Ticketmaster on Monday.
But not to worry -- those who do not win the ticket lottery can watch the Jackson memorial on television. AEG is offering a live video feed of the proceedings, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. PST on Tuesday, to all television networks who wish to carry it.
No details of the memorial service itself were released.
Meanwhile city officials were scrambling Friday to try to figure out how to accommodate a public memorial service for Michael Jackson at a venue that can hold no more than 20,000 people.
Despite the limited number of tickets and additional warnings that the area around the Staples Center would be off limit to the public that day, the service is still expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators wanting to pay their respects to the King of Pop, who died June 25. How city officials will handle the massive crowd remains to be settled.
Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine said plans for the memorial are clearly moving forward, but he wished the city had more time and money to work out the logistics.
"The bottom line is public safety, but there's a cost. And if the Jackson family's gonna spend 25 thousand dollars on a gold casket I would think that AEG and the Jackson family could help defray the costs so its a safe and secure environment for mourners that want to come," he told FOX News.
Since many people are on holiday this weekend because of U.S. Independence Day on Saturday, "it's the worst time ... to work something out."
Jackson's brother Jermaine told Larry King there will be a private ceremony for family and some special guests before the public memorial. He added the family wants to have other memorials around the United States.