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A complete guide to the Hamilton lottery
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is not just one of the best Broadway shows of our time, with 11 Tony Awards to its name. It is a bona fide crossover cultural phenomenon. But since everyone wants to be in the room where it happens, cheap tickets are nearly impossible to score. Here’s how you can get them with just $10, a dream and a whole lot of patience. THE TEN-DOLLAR FOUNDING FATHER At each performance of Hamilton on Broadway, 46 seats in the first and second rows are distributed through a digital lottery. In Chicago, 44 seats are distributed that way. In both cases, those seats cost just $10. I WAS POOR, I KNEW IT WAS THE ONLY WAY TO RISE UP!For many people, this digital lottery may be the only way to see Hamilton. The show’s average ticket price on Broadway is now $250; premium seats cost $849, and on the resale market the prices are far higher. BUT YOU DON’T GET A WIN UNLESS YOU PLAY IN THE GAMETo enter the Hamilton lottery, go to the Broadway lottery page or the Chicago lottery page. Timing is key. For matinees, you must enter between 8am and 10am. For evening performances on days without matinees, you must enter between 8am and 1pm. For evening performances on days that also have matinees, i.e. Wednesdays and Saturdays, you must enter between 11am and 1pm. You can only enter once per performance. (Note that these deadlines are earlier than they were when the lottery debuted in 2016.) GRAB A FRIEND, THAT’S YOUR SECONDYou can enter the lottery for either one or two se