I'm not generally the sort of person who wins stuff. The only time I remember getting lucky in a prize draw was the day I scored a box of fresh vegetables with my parents at a harvest festival in Saxony, Germany, when I was 7 years old.
So when I learned about Hamilton, and digested all the hype surrounding the long waiting lists for tickets, and the nosebleed sums of money people were paying for seats to see the musical on tour in San Francisco, I knew I wouldn't be able to get any closer to the experience than perhaps watching some clips of it on TV or online.
And this is probably very much where my efforts would have ended, were it not for a friend who told me about the ticket lottery for the San Francisco production. The terms offer a limited number of tickets to daily performances of the musical via a random drawing. Winning tickets are $10 and limited to two per winner.
"Worth a try," I thought.
I entered the Hamilton lottery every day for two weeks. It became part of my routine, like brushing my teeth.