Broadway lotteries are one of the best ways to buy tickets to a show because the tickets  bought from the lottery are really cheap.

A show’s lottery generally takes place  two and a half hours before the show starts. You enter your name into the lottery at the theatre box office, and, if you’re lucky, they call it out at the end. A person can win the chance to buy up to two tickets at a deeply discounted price. I have seen a number of shows this way!

The downside of buying tickets through a lottery is that lotteries are hard to win. There are very often many people entered to win a very limited number of tickets.

The shows that currently have lotteries are: AladdinThe Book of Mormon, Spring Awakening, Kinky BootsMatilda, and Wicked.

Here are the general rules and regulations of lotteries:

 A lottery ticket typically costs between $27 and $42.  A limited number of tickets for each performance are sold through the lottery.  Most show make approximately 20 tickets available for purchase per performance. Each lottery winner is entitled to buy up to two tickets.  Entries are accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person prints his/her name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) on a card that is provided. Only one entry is allowed per person.

Two hours before curtain call, names are drawn at random. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets may be purchased with cash

One trick I recommend which increases your chances of winning, is making fast friends with others at the lottery  – “alliances,” so to say. For example: you and a friend go over to another couple and make a deal that if you and your friend win tickets (which brings you to 4 tickets with 2 extra that you don’t need) then you will give the extras to them and vice versa. This has worked for me many times.

Once, at Kinky Boots, my mother and I asked a different  mother- daughter couple if they wanted to partner up and we did. As names were being called, I saw people leaving because one of them had won. I asked them to stay and try to win for me and they did. Her name was called next!  Right after that, my name was called too!  In the end, I was able to get tickets for both the mother- daughter team that I had partnered with at the start of the lottery, and also for my mother and I!

Another time at Aladdin,  I went with a friend to help her win tickets for her and her boyfriend. We asked two other girls in line to partner with us if we won tickets. What was really cool was my friend was selected first and the people who we had partnered with were called third.

A few things to keep in mind:

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