Photo/IllutrationKosuke Kitajima, a retired multiple Olympic gold medalist swimmer, holds a sign announcing the start of lottery ticket applications for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on April 18. (Shuhei Nomura)

Feeling lucky? You may need a bit of luck if you hope to snag tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Online ticket lottery applications for the sports extravaganza will start May 9, with the lucky winners being announced on June 20.

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games pre-opened its official ticket sales website on April 18.

Lottery applications for residents of Japan will start at 10 a.m. on May 9 and end at 11:59 p.m. on May 28.

The organizers anticipate considerable traffic on the site the first and final day of the period, but said the application order does not affect an applicant's chance of winning.

Pre-registration with personal information, such as name and address, on the committee's special portal is required to enter the lottery, as well as a domestic phone number for verification.

Creating multiple IDs for entering the lottery is prohibited.

As of April 17, 2.26 million people had already signed up in the hope of securing tickets to events for the Games.

For all 33 sports and 339 disciplines, tickets are sold as a unit called a "session," grouped by date, time slot and venue. A prospective purchaser can choose multiple sessions.

But there is a limit on the number of tickets that can be applied for per person, depending on ticket type and event.

For example, a user can apply for a maximum of two tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies, the most expensive events. Tickets for a medal session are capped at four, while tickets for other sessions are limited to 6.

Up to 60 tickets can be applied for, but the maximum number of tickets that can be granted is 30.

To increase the chances of winning the ticket lottery, the organizers will make two options available, by which losers will be entered in a lottery for a seat one seat category lower for the same session. Users will be asked to select another session as a second choice at the time of the lottery application.

Applications can be modified or canceled up until May 28 when the lottery closes.

Payment procedures will begin after the lottery results are announced June 20.

To obtain tickets, winners are required to complete payment by 11:59 p.m. on July 2. The name and contact information must be submitted for each ticket user through the official ticket sales website.

A VISA credit card, which requires no processing fee, is allowed for payment, while cash payments up to 300,000 yen ($2,680), including tax, will be accepted at major convenience stores with a 432-yen processing fee per purchase.

Delivery of paper tickets by mail will cost 324 yen per ticket for printing and 864 yen for delivery per delivery, both including tax. Paper tickets are expected to be mailed after May 2020.

For users who print out their tickets or use e-tickets, there is no charge.

Ticket users can be changed among family members and acquaintances as long as their personal information is submitted on the official sales website before the ticket is used.

The official ticket resale service website will be available from spring 2020. If original ticket holders are unable to use their tickets, they can post them for sale at face value on the site.

If an applicant applies for multiple events scheduled for the same time on the same day and is granted tickets for both events, the unused ones can also be posted for resale on the website, after the winner completes payment.

However, the service does not guarantee a successful resale.

First-come-first-served ticket sales on the website will start in autumn 2019 after the online lottery is complete. An official box office for ticket sales is scheduled to open in Tokyo after spring 2020.

The committee created five ticket categories, from A to E, priced accordingly.

The top-priced ticket is an A-grade seat at the Opening Ceremony, which will start at 8 p.m. on July 24, 2020, costing 300,000 yen.

For sports competitions, an A-grade seat at the new National Stadium, which includes the men’s 100-meter track and field final scheduled on the night of Aug. 2, 2020, is priced the highest at 130,000 yen.

Tickets priced at 2,500 yen are available for soccer games and other events.

Half of all of the tickets will be priced at 8,000 yen or lower.

The organizers initially said that they would issue a total of 7.8 million tickets for the 2020 Summer Games, but they have not revealed how many would be made available for the online lottery.

They said that a certain number of the tickets will be reserved for later sales.

For information in English, access to (https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/ticket/data/Ticketing-Guidelines.pdf).

(This article was written by Daisuke Maeda and Ari Hirayama.)