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DPAC setting up virtual hurdles to prevent bots, scalpers from buying Hamilton tickets

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - The rush is on to get tickets for Hamilton when it comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center.

The deadline to register for tickets is Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. Click here for information on how to register.

Officials are trying to make sure that real people don’t have to compete with scalpers and auto-dialing machines to get tickets, but navigating the lottery system that’s in place to ensure fairness could be challenging.

The way to get tickets is varied, and there are no guarantees.

Here's what those trying to see the show need to know:

  • Maximum of four tickets per household
  • Customers have to register ahead of time as a "Ticketmaster Verified Fan"
  • Registration ends Aug. 15
  • Registration doesn't guarantee a ticket

There's no way to just pick up the phone and get a ticket. Those that register by the Aug. 15 deadline will receive a notification on Aug. 17 if they were selected for the opportunity to purchase tickets via an access code.

Then, those that get the code will get a text message on Aug. 18 with a time and a link to where tickets can be bought. That is only online.

And it will cost a few Hamiltons to see Hamilton. 

Ticket prices range from $78.50 to $188.50. DPAC said there also are a few premium seats costing $398.50. These ticket prices don't include taxes and fees.

Another way to get tickets will be at the daily shows. At every performance, 40 tickets costing $10 dollars each will be available by lottery. Details of that will be revealed by DPAC as the show's opening gets closer.

The show runs from Tuesday, Nov 6  through  Sunday Dec 2, 2018.

People began lining up at 3 a.m. the day tickets went on sale in Charlotte. They were given wristbands to put them in a lottery for tickets.

The DPAC won't allow overnight camping. Those that want to try and get tickets from the box office must show up between 7 and 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 18.

They'll be entered into a wristband lottery to determine if they get a place in line.

The purchase guide has a number of restrictions including requiring that customers present a photo ID that matches the name on the credit card, as well as prohibiting anyone under the age of 10 from getting a wrist band.

Click here for more information on the lottery system.


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