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Gallipoli ballot winners notified

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The winners of a public ballot to attend centenary Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli next year have been announced.

More than 42,000 people applied for one of 8,000 Australian tickets to the service to mark 100 years since Anzac troops landed on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Turkish officials announced last year the number of attendees had capped at 10,500 people.

The break-up of tickets for the event includes 8,000 places for Australians, 2,000 for New Zealanders, 250 places for Turkish representatives and the remaining 500 places have been allocated for official guests of nations involved in the Gallipoli campaign.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Michael Ronaldson, says successful applicants will receive initial email advice from today, followed by formal letters.

“The ballot draw is automated and comprises four cascades, providing some preference for direct descendants and veterans with qualifying or overseas service,” he said.

“Outside the ballot, there are places for Australian First World War widows who will be included as part of Australia’s official representative group and 400 places for secondary school children and their chaperones.

“Only those who receive attendance passes in the ballot can gain access to official Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015.”

All applicants who are successful in the ballot will receive two tickets: one for themselves and one for a guest.

It means people will be able to make travel arrangements with certainty of entry.

The age of the selected applicants ranges from 16 to 99 years, and 60 per cent of them are male.

People who missed out on tickets are being encouraged to consider attending a service in Turkey during August 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine.