PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More than 38,000 entries have been received in an online lottery for special rail passes to be used during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.

Pope Francis (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will randomly email winners on Thursday.

The winners will have will have three days to purchase up to 10 one-day tickets. If they miss the deadline, another winner will be selected.

CBS Philly reports not everyone requested the maximum of 10 tickets for $10 each.

Entrants will be able to choose travel dates — Sept. 26, Sept. 27 or both — and then enter up to three preferred outlying regional rail stations and pick travel times from those stations.

Overwhelming demand forced a halt to ticket sales last week.

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