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'Hamilton' lottery: How to buy $10 'Hamilton' tickets at Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale

If you threw away your shot to buy “Hamilton” tickets when individual passes went on sale on Oct. 23 in Fort Lauderdale, don’t fret: the “Hamilton” lottery has arrived. For $10 and a tremendous amount of luck, admission to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning hip-hop epic can be yours. The musical visits the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 18-Jan. 20.

On Tuesday morning, Broadway Across America, the company presenting “Hamilton” at the Broward Center, released details on the “Hamilton” lottery. Here’s what you should know.

How the lottery works

For each performance of “Hamilton” in Fort Lauderdale, a limited number of tickets – exactly 40 per performance – will be released to the public through a randomized digital lottery. If you win the lottery, you’ll be notified via email and text message (if you provided a phone number) with a personalized link, and tickets will cost just $10. (He is the $10 Founding Father, after all.)

Starting 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 – two days before opening night – click “Fort Lauderdale” on the “Hamilton” lottery page. Timing, of course, is crucial: Each daily lottery begins at 11 a.m. (both matinees and evening shows) and closes at 9 a.m. the day before the performance. You can only enter once per show, including dates with two performances, and register for one or two seats. You can enter for every performance, too. That’s significantly cheaper than the sticker price Ticketmaster is charging now.

If you win, move fast: You have until 4 p.m. the day before the performance to pay for tickets online, or you sacrifice the tickets.

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An app on your smartphone can streamline the whole lottery process. Download the Hamilton App, which saves your lottery entry and notifies you if you’ve won.

Just you wait, just you wait…

These days, it’s slim pickings on Ticketmaster for “Hamilton” passes at the Broward Center, be they mezzanine or nose bleeds. Ticket-buyers with cash to spare can splurge on seats sold by third-party sellers, although you should expect to cough up hundreds of dollars (one opening-night ticket for Row HH, Center Orchestra fetches an eye-popping $1,235).

Still, “Hamilton” hasn’t sold out general-admission tickets – yet. On Dec. 4, passes were still available for $142.75 at 8 p.m. Jan. 2, 8 p.m. Jan. 4, 8 p.m. Jan. 5, 7 p.m. Jan. 6, 8 p.m. Jan. 10, 8 p.m. Jan. 11, 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 1 and 7 p.m. Jan. 13, 8 p.m. Jan. 15, 8 p.m. Jan. 16, 8 p.m. Jan. 17, 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 19 and 1 p.m. Jan. 20. The least-expensive ticket? A $119 resale at 8 p.m. Jan. 17.

If that sounds too steep, and the lottery too time-consuming, “Hamilton” has also been teased for the 2019-2020 seasons at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

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