Hello. Here you will find an explanation of how the Ballot works.
Firstly, please be aware that a large number of people who enter the Ballot are not drawn in either round. And that not being drawn in the ballot does NOT mean that you can’t go to Golden Plains.
In fact the number of people who are at Golden Plains every year who are not personally drawn in the Ballot is usually greater than the number that are.
The ticketing system has been designed and implemented over many years with as much fairness as possible. There are far more people who want to go to Golden Plains than there are tickets available, so the system attempts to make sense of that equation as best it can.
The Ticketing System allows ticket-seekers three bites at the cherry, using different methods, at different times. Speed of internet is not a factor. How long you’ve been going is a factor in two of the three allocations. New people are welcome, always have been, always will be. It’s as fair as it can be, when there are many more people than there are tickets.
The Ballot is just the first allocation of tickets. After the two rounds of the Ballot there are Online Sales, then lastly there’s Aunty’s Last Golden Chance, which is based as far as possible ‘on merit’ and looks after those subscribed longest first.
Each Ballot winner can purchase four tickets. Many people who win the Ballot have friends who also entered the Ballot and so they can look after them with their ‘second’, ‘third’ and ‘fourth’ ticket. So the Ballot ‘looks after’ four times more people than just the ‘Ballot winners’ – in practice there are four times more ‘Ballot winners’ than it seems at first. If we instead only allowed one ticket purchase per ballot winner, there would be four times as many winners. However, that is not a practical solution; it would split up groups of friends and couples and would mean extra postage fees for every single purchaser.