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Chance of winning hamilton lottery

By Elizabeth Greiwe

I have two words for “Hamilton” fans who still haven’t snagged tickets: Have faith.

I’m talking to you, the wide-eyed dreamers who enter the smash-hit musical’s online ticket lottery every day at 9 a.m. The chances of winning $10 front-row or box-seat tickets are slim, but you push through the pain of the daily rejection emails telling you, once again, that “unfortunately, you were not selected to receive tickets.”

But it is possible to win. I know. I did.

The odds of getting a last-minute ticket are greater in Chicago than in New York. Really. The Broadway in Chicago lottery for “Hamilton” raffles off up to 44 tickets every performance day — which is more than twice the number the show offers in New York.

And, of course, the number of people vying for day-of-performance tickets should be lower in Chicago. More than 20 million people live in the New York metropolitan area; Chicago’s metro population doesn’t even top 10 million. That means there are fewer people who could easily make it downtown for a surprise matinee or evening show.

Odds aside, there’s something electrifying about winning a ticket to see this year’s cultural touchstone. It is far more gratifying than the hours I spent refreshing — and cursing — Ticketmaster’s website each time more tickets were released for sale.

And, I’m not trying to gloat (OK, maybe a little), but the lottery win was a gift. It was destiny. I was blessed.

On my way to the show, I relished the chance to skip — sorry, I mean stroll — through Chicago, a city built on the causes that Alexander Hamilton championed: manufacturing and finance. (Um, yes, I’ve become a full-fledged Hamiltonian.) I overheard an ad criticizing Gov. Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump while walking and chuckled to myself. They never would have cut it in the election of 1800 (check the soundtrack).

I scored a box seat, which, for those who aren’t as up-to-date on their 19th- and early-20th-century theater practices, was where theatergoers sat to be seen rather than see the performance. Basically, I couldn’t see the right side of the stage. But I could see the other 1,799 people who were lucky enough to be there. And more significant, I could see every bead of sweat, every solitary tear that rolled down the actors’ faces. The performance felt visceral, real.

For fans who, like me, have plowed through Ron Chernow’s “Hamilton” biography (the one the musical is based on), memorized the entire soundtrack, considered naming their children Hercules and Lafayette, and incessantly peppered friends with Revolutionary War trivia, getting tickets to see the show on a whim is, for lack of a better phrase, a dream come true.

So keep at it, fans. If you’re frustrated, forlorn, take some advice from (musical) Hamilton himself: Do not throw away your shot.

Enter the lottery every chance you get. You may not win — but if you do, it will be an experience that’s, well, revolutionary.

Elizabeth Greiwe edits the Tribune’s Voice of the People.

Chance of winning hamilton lottery By Elizabeth Greiwe I have two words for “Hamilton” fans who still haven’t snagged tickets: Have faith. I’m talking to you, the wide-eyed dreamers who

The ‘Hamilton’ Lottery Odds Are Depressing

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve undoubtedly at least heard of the breakout Broadway musical Hamilton , which stars the insanely talented Lin-Manuel Miranda and centers around the life of — you guessed it — Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. In fact, the production is so incredible that it’s received a whopping 16 nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards. That’s how good this show is. So naturally, everyone wants to go and see, which means ticket prices are through the roof and have many trying their luck at the Hamilton Lottery, which has gone digital and can now be done with ease online. However, applying for the ticket is pretty much the only thing easy about it because the odds of winning the Hamilton Lottery are just downright depressing when you crunch the numbers.

For starters, the mere fact that you can participate in the lottery online automatically diminishes the likelihood of winning. Because now, instead of the competition being between you and a few other avid Broadway enthusiasts who actually showed up in person for the lottery, you now have thousands upon thousands of people who can do it from the comfort of their home lap top. So that right there is a pretty depressing thought, though it certainly isn’t the only factor to consider.

According to the Hamilton Lottery FAQ page, an average of 10,000 people enter the lottery each day. So considering that there are only 21 tickets available in total per day, your chances of winning are minuscule at best, especially since a majority of those who win probably requested two tickets instead of one. That makes the odds even less favorable since there’s less tickets to hand out to other parties. How less favorable, you may ask? Thanks to the helpful chart Mashable.com put together, we know exactly how dire the situation is.

Based on the site’s graph, the odds can be summed up in two different ways. If the 21 tickets are solely distributed among single entries, then the odds of you winning is 476 to one. However, if the 21 tickets are given out to 10 pairs of two (meaning 10 people received two tickets) and one single-ticket entry (in order to equal 21), then the odds of you winning jumps to a dismal 909 to one. And to help put things into an even greater perspective, they also compare your chances of going to see Hamilton to a list of other unlikely things to happen to you.

For instance, you have a better chance of writing a New York Times best-seller or dating a millionaire than you do of winning this lottery. The good news is, though, that the odds are higher than they are of you getting struck by lightning, which is kinda comforting at the very least, right? But let’s not forget one very important thing about the lottery — it’s a game of luck. It doesn’t matter how slim the odds are, there’s still always a chance they could come out in your favor.

So don’t let all of these stats scare you away from trying. Luck could always be on your side, especially if you participate in the draw on a daily basis. Just don’t be all that surprised if that highly coveted golden ticket ends up going to someone else.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve undoubtedly at least heard of the breakout Broadway musical Hamilton , which stars the insanely talented Lin-Manuel Miranda and centers around the life of — you guessed it — Founding… ]]>