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Over 50K People Enter ‘Hamilton’ Digital Lottery, Crashing Site

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    Joan Marucs
    Jonathan Groff in "Hamilton."

    If you were hoping to win the $10 digital ticket lottery for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash musical “Hamilton” Tuesday, you’re not going to get your shot.

    More than 50,000 people entered the lotto, powered by Broadway Direct, crashing the site.

    Moreover, "the system sent "you've won" emails to more people than we have seats for," explained Miranda

    As a result, “Hamilton” will not award any winners for its lottery Tuesday. And it will return to its usual in-person “Ham4Ham” lottery Jan. 6, as Broadway Direct remedies technical issues.

    The tickets held for Tuesday's lottery “will go unsold and unused in an effort to be fair to everyone,” the shows official Twitter account explained.

    On Monday, producers of the hip-hop musical announced they were temporarily moving the lottery, which has been known to attract thousands of theater-going hopefuls to the Richards Rodgers Theatre, to the digital space for winter. The hiatus would allow them to find out ways to safely accommodate fans without blocking traffic on West 46th Street.

    The in-person lottery hiatus would also allow producers the time to upgrade the sound system, used by Miranda and guests during the pre-lottery “Ham4Ham” performances.

    “Think of this as the end of our Off-Bway Ham4Ham run,” Miranda said. “We're gonna take two months and make it better.”

    Once the digital lottery is reinstated, regulations are expected to remain as initially announced.

    Entries for the digital lottery will begin each day at 9:30 a.m.. Entries for matinee performances will be accepted until 11 a.m., while evening performance entries will go until 4 p.m.. Hopefuls are limited to one entry per person, though entrants can request up to two tickets.

    Tickets are for that day’s performance(s) only. Winners will be notified via e-mail shortly after deadline, with a link to purchase tickets. Winners must pick up tickets at the Richard Rodgers Theatre box office, with a valid photo ID that matches the name drawn.

    The Ham4Ham lottery is expected to return in the spring.

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