Here is the Park's explanation on the lottery point system, from the lottery FAQ.
WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE FROM THE OLD WAITLIST SYSTEM?
What happened to the people from the old waitlist system?
While enacting the new system, we have tried to be fair to former waitlist members. Under the old system we released approximately 240 noncommercial trips per year, and around 50 of these were winter dates. People joined the waitlist to be in line to eventually get one of these dates. Before starting the transition process, we projected how long it would take for each of the 7,296 existing waitlist members to reach the top portion of the waitlist and schedule a launch under the old system, and we notified each member of our findings. Next, we released 240 launch dates per year from 2007 through 2011 to waitlist members (notice, this is the same number of launch dates as previously released each year through the old system). Finally, for the remaining waitlist members, we gave each a choice, they could leave the waitlist and take a full refund of the waitlist fees they had paid us, or they could leave the waitlist and accept extra chances in the lottery with some added assurance. These extra chances are non-transferable and are very much designed to ensure most former waitlist members “win” through the lottery as soon or sooner than they would have under the old system.
Explain this “added assurance.” How will the NPS step forward to help?
The "added assurance" is given solely to those individuals who transferred from the waitlist choosing extra chances (instead of a refund) and continue to have these extra chances. (Extra chances expire when the former waitlist member wins a trip through the lottery or participates on any part of a Grand Canyon Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek noncommercial or commercial river trip.) If any of these individuals do not win or participate on a trip (noncommercial or commercial) as soon or sooner than our prediction for them under the old waitlist system, we will step forward to help, giving the person a one time option to choose either 1) to have their extra chances tripled, or 2) to pre-schedule a trip ahead of the lottery by choosing from a limited number of launch dates.
As part of this process, in February through the April 2007, we contacted and worked with the 239 people who currently qualified for this assistance:
136 chose to pre-schedule
101 chose to have their extra chances tripled
2 chose refunds
In November and December 2007 we worked with the 92 people who qualified for assistance in 2008:
38 chose to pre-schedule
54 chose to have their extra chances tripled
The following chart has been updated to show the number of people that currently qualify for this assistance in future years. It should be noted that the total number of people who qualify for this help will decrease year after year as individuals participate on other trips and win trips through the lottery.
The chart and other information is found at
In reading this, it seems to me Count might want to look at the chart in the FAQ and if applicable, contact the River Office about the "triple points" option that's mentioned, which is one of the ways they're working to help folks in his situation.
Hope this helps.