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Broadway´s In-person Lottery: unluckily lucky

Let´s talk about chance, luck… lotteries. Now, before you start the read, I will let you know I do not believe in chance, luck or casuality. I believe in causality, I believe everything that happens is a consequence to our actions. Let´s just talk about the Broadway lotteries for now.

In their mercy or in their greed for money, whoever people manage Broadway shows decided to ¨give away¨ some very cheap tickets for shows that are usually very expensive. This is through rush and lotteries. While a good seat for Hamilton would cost you about $800, with the lottery you could get a ticket for $10. Yes! I could save more than two months of rent. Well, I will not speak about rush, but I will speak about lotteries. There are two kinds of lotteries, this depends on the show. One is the online lottery, the other the in-person lottery. I will focus on the in-person lottery this time, mostly because it is concern to my story; only Wicked and The Book of Mormon offer this kind of lottery. Beware, however, that chance and luck are meaningless if you do not know all the rules. Here is my story.

My roommate and I wanted two try both in-person lotteries. You know, just killing some time. We devised a master plan so both of us could participate in both lotteries; this is, four ballots in two lotteries make probability more likely. The lottery is open to participation only for 30 minutes and it opens two hours and a half before the show starts; then the drawing is two hours before the show. If the show starts at 7, the lottery opens at 4:30 and they draw winners at 5. You go there and, on a paper, you write down your name and a request of up to 2 tickets, then you slide the paper in a lottery roller and wait till the drawings.

Since we could not be at both lotteries at the same time, we decided to split; he would be at the Book of Mormon lottery and I would be at the Wicked lottery. Then, in case our names were drawn in either one, we would quickly call each other to run down one street and claim the prize.NOT! Here is the drama. I won the Wicked lottery, I was almost melting but… there were two little details that we did not quite know about; when your name gets drawn they request the Photo ID and the cash straightaway. STRAIGHTAWAY. Unfortunately, I had only cash for myself. I pledged with the lottery guy to wait for my roommate to run up the street, but there is no waiting in the in-person lottery, there is no mercy. They want cash and ID now. I called my roommate… I just could not believe what he said. I had also won the Book of Mormon lottery but, of course, without me right there in situ the prize was consequently discarded.

What do we learn?

  • Do not be late.
  • Play just one lottery.
  • Have your photo ID.
  • Have enough cash.

Oh well… Winning the lottery, losing the lottery… Yes, we experience good and bad experiences throughout our journey between birth and death. This is a universal truth, so true no one could turn it down in any possible wise. However, these experiences in life can be interpreted in such different ways! As humans, if so we consider ourselves to be, we tend to find an agent to blame: a person, an object or even something that does not exist. Yes, something we cannot see or feel, for example chance and luck. After this experience, I stopped believing in chance and luck. A person is not lucky or unlucky, for can something happen by chance or luck? No, because they are inert nouns, they can do nothing at all, it is all about us, our actions. A person is either prepared or unprepared; a person does the right thing to get the right consequence or not; a person is meant to go or not. Chance, luck, casuality… they are just words that express good consequences of causes, in other words causality. Do not blame luck, do not blame chance. Blame yourself, keep trying.

This is what happens for those who do not give up.

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