Ticket winners for Jackson memorial to be announced

From NBC12 News

LOS ANGELES, CA (NBC12) - As preparations continue for the Michael Jackson memorial Tuesday at the Staples Center the chance for fans to be a part of the event has ended.

Online registration for the lottery to give away more than 17,000 tickets closed late Saturday.

"I've been a fan of Michael since I knew he existed," said fan Miriam Chavez.

More than 1.2 million people logged-on, hoping to get a seat at the memorial.

Winners will be notified Sunday about where they can pick-up tickets on Monday.

"I would just love to be there for the memorial," said fan Tanya Lingafelter. "It would be awesome."

Hundreds continue to gather outside the Jackson estate in Encino.

Inside, his family continues to work through their grief, while trying to settle on plans for both the public memorial and a private funeral.

"They are certainly heartbroken, but determined to preserve his legacy and to give him the dignity he deserves," said family friend Reverend Al Sharpton.

Sources close to the Jackson family say details are still shifting by the hour, but that the private service and burial will likely be at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.

Back here at the Staples Center, police say they are still concerned with the possibility of more than 700,000 people showing for Tuesday's memorial.

They will close down every street for a quarter mile around the arena and deny access to anyone who does not have a ticket.

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