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Posted on: November 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Eugene Rec lottery system opens Nov. 28

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Lottery system continues to expand as community needs change

To make registering for some of its programs and classes more accessible and equitable, Eugene Rec is expanding its lottery system.

The goal of the lottery, which opens Nov. 28, is to streamline the registration process, provide adequate time for patrons to consider and sign up for the lottery programs and provide everyone with an equal and fair opportunity to participate in Rec’s programming.

With a first-come, first-served system, spots in Rec’s more popular programs are filled within minutes, requiring patrons to have a fast and reliable internet connection and a flexible schedule.

“Registration day can be stressful and intimidating for some members of our community,” City of Eugene Recreation Services Director Craig Smith said. “Our new lottery system will give everyone a few days, not minutes, to sign up for the opportunity to participate in our programs.”

The lottery will open Nov. 28 and remain open for six days, allowing patrons to enter their name into any number of lottery programs. The lottery will then close at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 3 – except for Adaptive listings, which will close at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 17. When the lottery closes, participants will be randomly selected. Patrons who are chosen will begin to receive email notifications Dec. 4, allowing plenty of time for them to register and pay for the class before the cutoff at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 10.

Any open spots that were not filled during the lottery will be made available during registration day, which begins at 9 a.m. Dec. 12.

“We like to say ‘Rec is for everyone,’” Smith said, “And this new system will ensure that it’s true.”

Rec’s new lottery system has been in the pilot phase for one registration cycle, beginning with select programs in the Fall season.

The 2024 Winter-Spring Rec Guide, containing all of Eugene Rec’s offerings, will be digitally available beginning Dec. 1 and in print Dec. 4.

More information about Eugene Rec’s lottery system is available at

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