Our post before may have been an April Fool’s joke, but this is real — maybe? According to a tipped email supposedly forwarded from Housing, a few unlucky students actually were given the wrong lottery numbers. The unluckiest of all would seem to be the rising sophomore Christian and his group, who were given the lottery number 1, only to later get this email.

Is Bwog being pranked or is this for real? You decide.

From: Columbia Housing
Date: Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Subject: Correction: AY 13-14 Housing Lottery Number

Dear Christian,

It has come to our attention that an error in our processing system assigned incorrect lottery numbers to several applicants. A corrected PDF will be released shortly and your appointment times will be updated accordingly.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Your lottery number is: 1244

You can also view your lottery number on the Housing website, http://housing.columbia.edu.

Please note that if you requested that your directory information be withheld, your lottery number is excluded from these PDFs. To view your lottery number, log in to the Housing Portal (https://housingportal.columbia.edu) and proceed to the ‘Registration Summary’ step on your Academic Year 13-14 Housing Application. All students may view their lottery numbers via their application.

Regarding lottery numbers, please note:
– All group members have the same lottery number.
– Individual and group lottery numbers are in the same pool of numbers (1-3000).

Appointment times for In-Person Selection will be posted on the Housing website on Thursday afternoon, March 28. Appointment times for Online Selection will be posted on Monday, April 15.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email housing@columbia.edu.

Columbia Housing

UPDATE: Nope, this was definitely a prank pulled by one of Christian’s friends. Well done, well done, now PLEASE, NOBODY PULL ANYMORE PRANKS FOR AT LEAST A YEAR.