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Staples Center server crashes as fans sign up for tickets to Michael Jackson’s memorial service

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Moments after officials started an online lottery for what could be described as the last Michael Jackson event, the online servers of Staples Center have crashed due to the sheer mass of users who signed up for free tickets.

More than half a million people have logged into the Staples Center site, hoping to “win” one of 17,500 free tickets for Michael Jackson’s memorial service to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Ticket holders can either watch the service at the arena, or on a big screen at the nearby Nokia Theater.

The memorial service will showcase the life and music of the late “King of Pop” singer superstar Michael Jackson.

“You might want to consider watching this from the comfort of your own home,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry.