Posted on August 20, 2018
Broadway ticket lotteries are fast becoming the cheapest way to see a great Broadway show at a deep discount price
Broadway Ticket Lotteries Started in 1995The Broadway lottery ticket model was developed by the producers of Rent back in 1995 to create interest in their show and to keep a few tickets for the show within price-reach of fans who cannot afford the steep prices that Broadway shows had escalated to. That sentiment is even more appropriate today. Providing the ticket lottery also stops die-hard's from camping out overnight on the New York City streets for the General Rush tickets, as many Broadway shows may annoy neighboring businesses if they allowed General Rush tickets to get out-of-hand. Therefore Broadway lottery tickets are a great solution as it doesn't cause havoc on the street and the show benefits from the buzz and goodwill that it creates.
Ticket Prices and Quantities at Which Broadway ShowsAt a cost of $25 - $40 for front row orchestra tickets, the Broadway ticket lottery provides an excellent way to get amazing discounts on Broadway tickets. Some shows offer 20 pairs of tickets, while others only do 15 tickets in total per show. Most of the top 10 shows on Broadway provide a ticket lottery and this guide will help you understand that process.
Lottery Rules Vary Show to ShowThe rules for the lottery (ticket price, time of lottery drawing, etc.) vary for the different Broadway shows, and we detail each of the rules in our Broadway Discount Tickets Guide for each Broadway show.
Getting Broadway Lottery Tickets On The Day Instead of In-Advance
Lottery Tickets Only Available on the Day-Of-The-ShowThe downside of Broadway lottery tickets is that they are only available on the day-of-the-show and you must be present to enter the lottery. Many people who have jobs in New York City do not find this very easy to do, so a lot of the time it is informed tourists that show up for the lottery. The shows that provide lotteries do it for every performance of the show.
Government ID Is RequiredTo stop people from entering the lottery more than once, most ticket lotteries require to see government ID in order to be able to enter the lottery. There is no charge to enter the lottery. If you win, you are allowed to buy amazing tickets for around $30 to some of the top shows.
Cash Only For Lottery TicketsAs the lottery tickets are already priced so low, at a price that is actually a loss to the Broadway producer, the last thing the show will want to do is lose even more money by paying credit card processing fees for people who want to pay using a credit card. This means that all lottery ticket purchases have to be cash. No banknotes bigger than $20 are accepted. It seems many people forget about the cash-only requirement and turn up to the lottery with no cash, they end up winning the lottery and then they cannot buy the tickets, as they do not take credit cards at the box office for these kinds of tickets. Please don't be one of these people. It's hard enough to win the lottery for the top Broadway shows, let alone lose that opportunity for not bringing enough cash.
Lottery Winners Are Excluded for a YearMany shows instituted a ban for a year for all winners, as some ticket brokers would turn up daily with all their staff and resell the tickets.
Therefore, if you win the ticket lottery, you are not allowed to enter the same lottery for a year.