Photo/IllutrationThe New National Stadium, which is under construction, back, and the five-ring Olympic logo in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Well-heeled fans willing to pay high prices for seats at the most popular events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will now need luck to punch their tickets.

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced on Oct. 9 that it will sell official hospitality packages priced at a maximum 6.35 million yen ($59,000) through a lottery system.

The committee initially planned to offer the packages on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We have received more inquiries than we expected. We underestimated the popularity,” said a committee official.

The highest-priced packages offer amenities such as private suites, gourmet dining and fine wines to the most sought-after events.

Buyers of the 6.35-million-yen package can watch the opening and closing ceremonies and competitions such as the men’s 100-meter final at the New National Stadium in central Tokyo over 11 days. Others on offer include a 1.8-million-yen package for the opening and closing ceremonies.

The organizers plan to sell 191 kinds of packages, which include one or combinations of the following events: the opening and closing ceremonies and 16 events at a total of 15 venues.

They expect the number of tickets sold through the hospitality packages to reach about 1 percent of 7.8 million, the number of regular tickets to be available estimated at the time of Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Games.

The deadline for applications to buy the tickets is Oct. 12. Applicants can enter the lottery for the packages at the website: (