Score Discounted Tickets to Popular Plays or Movies

Online lotteries and apps can help you get deals on last-minute tickets.

Snagging a deal on a good seat no longer means lining up at the box office or buying from a scalper. Want to take in a show in New York without breaking the bank? Find links to lotteries for Broadway and off-Broadway shows at and Seats can go for $30 or less, although you may have to claim your winnings within an hour and sit in the second balcony. The TodayTix app covers some theater venues outside of New York and offers affordable last-minute tickets and tickets by lottery. Sharing your entry on social media will sometimes earn you an extra submission.

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Miriam Cross
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Miriam lived in Toronto, Canada, before joining Kiplinger's Personal Finance in November 2012. Prior to that, she freelanced as a fact-checker for several Canadian publications, including Reader's Digest Canada, Style at Home and Air Canada's enRoute. She received a BA from the University of Toronto with a major in English literature and completed a certificate in Magazine and Web Publishing at Ryerson University.