Hamilton online lottery crashed after 50,000 people tried for tickets | EW.com


More than 50,000 people tried to get Hamilton online lottery tickets

(Joan Marcus)

A whole lot of people want to see the $10 founding father without a father.

After months of giving away $10 tickets through an in-person lottery system, Tuesday marked the first online ticket lottery for Hamilton on Broadway. And according to the show’s official Twitter account, the online version was so popular that more than 50,000 people entered, crashing the system. 

The show’s creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, apologized on Twitter, saying that due to overwhelming demand, the online lottery system accidentally sent winning emails to too many people. Because the show doesn’t have enough tickets for all of the chosen winners, today’s tickets will go unused and unsold.

Miranda also tweeted that while they try to solve the tech issues, he’ll host an in-person ticket lottery on Wednesday outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre as usual. He added that group tickets also went on sale today for the show’s recently announced Chicago run, and overwhelming demand crashed the phone system there, too.

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Over the past few months, the show’s in-person lottery, which gave participants the chance to win $10 same-day tickets for the front row, has become increasingly popular, and as more and more people turned up to enter, the lottery swelled to block the entire street outside the theater. (Cast members and the occasional special guest would also give impromptu “Ham4Ham” performances while the lottery participants waited.) As a result, Hamilton announced yesterday that they would be moving the ticket lottery online while they tried to figure out the best way to meet demand.