Why is there a lottery?
While we’d love to get all members in the door at every event, the reality is there are always spatial capacities. In the past, we gave tickets out on a first-come, first-served basis, and tickets would sell out in literal seconds. That system often proved unfair to folks who weren’t available to get online that instant to try and nab a ticket.
The lottery system gives everyone a fair window of time to express their interest in the event and lets us randomly assign tickets. It’s not perfect (we’re always working on improvements!), but it’s proved the fairest so far.