Austin Scott and Julia K. Harriman performing in the "Hamilton" national tour. Copyright Joan Marcus. Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

The Tony-winning musical “Hamilton” has become synonymous with creative genius, brilliant music and the mad rush for tickets that the show inspires.

As the show’s Pittsburgh premiere approaches, producer Jeffrey Seller and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust have announced a new opportunity for scoring tickets — at an impressively steep discount. A digital lottery for “Hamilton” tickets will begin on Dec. 30 in conjunction with the show’s first performance on Jan. 1 at the Benedum Center.

Forty tickets will be sold for each performance at just $10 each. 

Here’s how it will work: Participants can download the Hamilton app or visit the lottery website.

The digital lottery will open at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30, for tickets to the Tuesday, Jan. 1 performance. It will then close 22 hours later, at 9 a.m. on Dec. 31, and by about 11 a.m. that morning winners will be notified by e-mail or text that they are welcome to purchase up to two tickets for the Jan. 1 show. 

A new digital lottery will then begin at 11 a.m. on Dec. 31 for the Jan. 2 show, and this will continue — a new lottery beginning each day for the performance coming up two days later — until the show’s Pittsburgh run ends on Jan. 27.

So, yes — there’s a fresh chance to win each day, but you have to enter the lottery again each day to be in the running.

Once winners are notified, they’ll have until 4 p.m. that day to buy tickets online or the opportunity will be forfeited.

One nice detail: Non-winners will also be notified, so you won’t be kept in suspense.

Melissa Rayworth

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