Lottery & Rush Tickets Ways To Save

Experience more & spend less on theater, concerts, nightlife, comedy, sports and other events in LA, OC & San Diego.

Lottery Tickets

For many of the popular Broadway touring productions there are random lottery ticket drawings. The winners may be able to purchase tickets (usually 2) to the specific performance for $25 0r $10 depending on each lottery.

Most of them encourage you to follow the production through the social media channels to stay up to date on the newest announcements and opportunities. A separate lottery is most likely held for each performance. Please read each lottery’s directions carefully on how to claim tickets and when the drawings/notifications take place. You most likely will only have a day notice of winning or not and you only play when you win.

Lucky Seat might be having lottery tickets for Frozen at Pantages (Dec 4, 2019 – Feb 2, 2020) Mean Girls at the Dolby Theatre (Apr 28, 2020 – Jun 7, 2020). Please check back closer to performance run dates.

Other Lottery Opportunities:

TodayTix offers lottery tickets for some popular shows which includes the touring Broadway productions and world premieres. Please click here for information about TodayTix or go to the TodayTix website.
“The entry period will begin at midnight two days prior to each performance, and continue until winners are notified between 1pm and 5pm the day before the performance.”

Rush Tickets

Orange County:

Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Full Time Students
Rush Tickets are based upon availability and proof of eligibility (Student ID) must be presented at the time of purchase at the box office. Students may have to pay cash only. If you have further questions, please call the box office at (714) 556-2787 after 12 p.m. on the day of the performance.
Bookmark  the “Today’s Rush Offerings” page to refer back to for updated rush ticket offerings.

Student Savings

Orange County:

Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Full Time Students (12 or more units/credits)
Rush Tickets are based upon availability and proof of eligibility (Student ID) must be presented at the time of purchase at the box office. Students may have to pay cash only. If you have further questions, please call the box office at (714) 556-2787 after 12 p.m. on the day of the performance.
Bookmark  the “Today’s Rush Offerings” page to refer back to for updated rush ticket offerings.

South Coast Repertory: Full Time Students (9 or more units/credits)
$20 tickets (Sections A and B only), available in advance of show date with current ID. Subject to availability. Excludes Sunday matinees.
$10 Rush tickets are available only on the day of the performance with current ID. Subject to availability

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts: Full Time Students
No code or e-mail signup required. Purchase tickets (not through a mobile device) and select your own seats. It depends on the show but the student discount usually applies to seats in the back of the Orchestra and seats in the Balcony section.

Pacific Symphony: Student Rewards e-club or Student Subscriptions (Call (714) 755-5799 for details.)
“By joining our Student Rewards email newsletter you will get exclusive access to $10 Symphony tickets, with $20 tickets for accompanying non-student friends or family members! After you join, you will receive an email 4-6 days before each concert for which Student Rewards tickets are available (in general, every Classical, Sunday Casual Connections and Organ series concert; other performances based on availability) — with instructions on how to purchase $10 Student Rewards tickets for that event. Student Rewards tickets are based on availability and seating is at the discretion of the box office.” Sign up and fill out the form here.

San Diego County:

La Jolla Playhouse: Full Time Student Rush
-Arrive at the box office and resent your student ID  to buy one rush ticket (50% discount) based upon open seat availability.  Sometimes the Plaayhouse offers UCSD an additional opportunity to save based upon the show.

Discounts for Millenials

Los Angeles Area:

Center Theater Group: Freeplay
Age: Under 25
“Center Theatre Group is offering free tickets to the first performance of all productions at the Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre as well as select Ahmanson Theatre shows. FreePlay tickets will become available by phone ($5 convenience fee), online ($5 convenience fee), and at the Center Theatre Group Box Office approximately two weeks before the performance, up until 30 minutes before showtime, pending availability.”
Please click here to take you to Freeplay Promo Code page with the list of available shows and to purchase them.
Update your Center Theater Group email preferences to be notified of upcoming ticket availability.

Tickets on Your Budget: I love the Center Theatre Group’s website search filter where you can search for “I’d like the lowest price.” The results will help you determine what tickets to buy within your budget.

The Crew: Subscription Program for Young Professionals (Ahmanson Season: Week 2 Thursday package series)
Age: Under 40
Price: 7 shows subscription starting at $239

Orange County Area:

South Coast Repertory: MyStage Seeing Professional Theatre at an Affordable Price
Age: 15 to 25
$10 Tickets for shows (some exclusions including opening nights) with exclusive social events and behind-the-scenes updates.
Each MyStage member ​may purchase up to two (2) tickets per performances. The second ticket can go to anyone regardless of age but the member must attend. The member will receive a promo code so you can buy tickets online, over the phone or in person. “MyStage tickets become available approximately one month prior to the first preview performance of a production” and can be picked up at the box office starting 2 hours before the show.
Please click here to fill out the online form to join.

Pay Your Age Nights: (Thursdays and Fridays, some exclusions apply)
Age 20-29? Pay $20 Use code 16460
Age 30-39? Pay $30 Use code 16461

Pay-What-You-Will
On the first Saturday matinee of each ​production—for either the 2 p.m. Argyros Stage show or 2:30 p.m. Segerstrom Stage show—you can “pay-what-you-will” (the minimum price for this special ticket is $10). Pay-What-You-Will tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., the morning of the show, are only available to purchase in-person at the Box Office​, based upon availability, limited to two (2) tickets.

San Diego Area:

Lambs Players Theatre: Tickets at Half Price
Join Lamb’s Under 35 Club (aged 18-34) to receive half price tickets to any production and invitations to special events from time to time. The discount applies for the individual part of the club and one other guest member under the age of 35. ID will need to be presented at will call to pickup the tickets. I suggest you speak to a friendly customer service agent over the phone when ordering tickets and mentioning you are part of the <35 club. Please click here to fill out the online form.

Old Globe Theatre: Under 30 Discounted Tickets
Age: 18-29
Selected performances become available to purchase at a discount with an ID for pickup at the box office 1 hour prior to the show. One discounted ticket per ID. Please click here to signup for email notifications.