Politics & Government

A few inauguration tickets could remain

There may still be a chance - a small one -- for a few North Carolinians to get tickets for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's office announced Friday that on Monday afternoon it will distribute inaugural tickets that were not claimed from an earlier lottery.

Hagan held the lottery for her allotment of tickets and gave winners until 3 p.m. Monday to collect them.

Any tickets that haven't been claimed by then will be distributed from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hagan's office on Capitol Hill on a first-come, first-served basis.

The unclaimed tickets will go only to North Carolina residents, who must show a state ID.

Hagan's office is in suite 40-A in the basement of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

David Hoffman, Hagan's press secretary, said staffers do not know how many unclaimed tickets, if any, will be available.

Like other U.S. senators, Hagan received 393 tickets to distribute.