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Your chances of winning $10 tickets to see Hamilton in New York have doubled

For those desperate to see Hamilton but lacking buckets of money for the full-priced ticket: now may be your shot.

Music director Alex Lacamoire and actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrate on stage
Music director Alex Lacamoire and actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrate on stage Image by Getty

The chance of scoring $10 seats to the wildly popular hip hop musical about the “ten-dollar Founding Father” has more than doubled, with 46 lottery tickets now up for grabs for each performance, up from 21 tickets.

The increase comes on the heels of a steep price hike for regular tickets. In an effort to curb scalpers who have been selling tickets for upwards of several thousand dollars each, producer Jeffrey Seller raised ticket prices to a Broadway record-setting $849 for premium orchestra seats, with the remaining seats selling for up to $199 each. But Seller wants the hit show to be accessible to everyone, not just the wealthy. Now about 19,000 people per year will get to see Hamilton for $10 in New York City. (And that doesn’t account for 20,000 of the city’s public high school students who will also see the show for $10 each every year.)

Lin-Manuel Miranda performs his final performance as 'Alexander Hamilton' in 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theatre on July 9, 2016 in New York City.
Lin-Manuel Miranda performs his final performance as ‘Alexander Hamilton’ in ‘Hamilton’ on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theatre on July 9, 2016 in New York City. Image by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also starred as Alexander Hamilton until stepping aside last July, the Tony Award-winning show has inspired the same frenzy in cities across the country. The Chicago production opened last October, and the show’s national tour will kick off in San Francisco in March, where released tickets for the six-month run sold out in about 24 hours. (Both cities will offer 44 $10 lottery tickets for each show.) The London production is also set to hit the West End this autumn.

More than 10,000 people enter the Broadway show lottery daily, with winning seats in the theatre’s first two rows, so next time you’re in the Big Apple, do not throw away your shot.

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