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Did you get a ticket for the Olympic Games?

Will you have a prized seat in the velodrome next summer?

A quarter of a million London 2012 tickets applicants will miss out on a seat at next year’s Games – including three-time Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins’ family.

Organisers last night finished debiting bank accounts, following the six-week ballot which ended on April 26.

But one in seven, from the 1.8 million applicants, will not receive a single ticket after nearly half of the 625 sessions, including every track cycling session, were heavily oversubscribed.

“No olympic tickets for the wife and kids to watch Team Pursuit, oh well sorry kids going to have to watch dad on the telly!” tweeted Wiggins, who won individual pursuit gold in Athens, before retaining the title and adding team pursuit gold in Beijing.

A seat in the 6,000-capacity velodrome, completed in February, was one of the hottest tickets in town after Great Britain’s cyclists won 12 medals, including seven golds, on the track in Beijing.

But while the track cycling is a sure-fire sell-out success, the road races are free to watch along much of the route, apart from the finish on The Mall.

More than one million applied to watch Usain Bolt in the men’s 100m final at the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium – where only 40,000 seats were on sale to the public – while the opening ceremony was ten times oversubscribed.

The application process has been heavily criticised, with the ballot rewarding a bet-big-win-small gambling strategy, while successful applicants will not find out exactly what tickets they have until June 24, despite the money already being taken from their bank accounts.

Applicants who fail to receive a single ticket out will be given priority when a second batch of tickets is released later this year – but expect to make do with unpopular sports and obscure qualifying sessions.

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