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White House Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery Opens

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President Barack Obama helps a young participant at the 134th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in 2012. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama helps a young participant at the 134th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in 2012. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The White House Easter Egg Roll ticket lottery will open Thursday at 10 a.m.

Parents have until Monday, February 25 at 10 a.m. to register for a chance at tickets online.

The event is designed for children 13 and younger.

Winners will be notified March 1, one month before the egg hunt, which is scheduled for April 1, the day after Easter. White House officials said they are expecting about 35,000 people at this year’s event.

This year marks the 135 anniversary of the event that began after young children asked President Rutherford Hayes if they could roll eggs in his backyard.

Prior to then, kids would flock to Capitol Hill each Monday following Easter according to the event’s website. However, some members of Congress grew frustrated with the large post-holiday crowds and passed an Act of Congress that prohibits egg rolling on Capitol grounds.

Through President Hayes’ generosity, a tradition was born in 1878.

The lottery is free to enter and winners will be notified on March 1.

Entries can be submitted on recreation.gov.

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