The site, Lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/hamilton, was set up in the wake of the Jan. 4 announcement that Hamilton's daily $10 discount lottery in front of the Richard Rodgers Theatre was attracting so many people that it was causing a potential public danger. Producers announced that they were moving the lottery online until a better system could be created, at at date to be determined in the spring.
However, the site appeared to be overwhelmed on its first day of operation. The show's creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, tweeted that the problem was being addressed:
The show was promising that the site would be back up by 4 PM Tuesday and that those who had entered the lottery early Tuesday before the site went offline would still be entered for tonight's drawing.
Miranda, who already wears a lot of hats in the show, had to remind his Twitter fans that he can't do everything:
Yay. Here I gently remind you that while I have a lotta jobs at Hamilton, none are in the IT Dept. Just here like https://t.co/CpiKZkTCOW
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 5, 2016