SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A new lottery-style ticketing system for this year’s Burning Man Festival has turned into a massive headache for the event’s organizers.

Burning Man attendees often work in groups or teams on the elaborate art exhibits and theme camps that make up the very foundation of the Nevada desert celebration. But a large percentage of longtime “burners” weren’t granted admission to this year’s event, happening in late August and early September 2012.

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“The teams bring fantastical magic to this event,” summed up Burning Man manager of business and communication, Marian Goodell. She acknowledged that some projects were thrown into jeopardy because so many team members were frozen out of the admissions process.

“We’re now in a position of actually taking what remaining tickets we had that were going to go on sale in March and we are going to redistribute those to the groups who need to fill out their numbers in order to come and build their infrastructure,” she said.

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KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

According to organizers, there were 80,000 people vying for tickets in this year’s lottery – tens of thousands more than the venue’s 50,000 person capacity.

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