@bluesbob - it has nothing to do with when someone started to save their money, or when they purchased their ticket (either in the pre-sale, main sale, open sale, or through after-market). It has to do with managing your camp and making sure that the people providing or hauling the essential components have tickets. In your original post you mention "all of a sudden" as if this is something that will take a camp by surprise two weeks before the burn. The drawing for the main sale happens at the end of January, and people will know the results by February 1 - that's plenty of lead time. And even after that, leftovers from the main sale and an additional 10K tickets go on sale in March (it's an open sale, or first come/first serve). Who knows how long those tickets will last (could be days, weeks, or even a couple months). From a camp planning and organizing standpoint, just start getting into the habit of asking campmates if they have their tickets yet when they sign up for stuff.