Wicked Lottery

by Meghann on March 3, 2011

Looks like Orlando had at least one more surprise left for me. ;)

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I won the Wicked Lottery! Woop! Woop!

Last December Derek gave me a pair of Wicked tickets for Christmas. We saw the show that Valentine’s Day and I immediately fell in love. I’ve been obsessed with the soundtrack ever since. (It’s seriously been on repeat on my ipod for over a year now!)

When I heard Wicked was coming to Orlando this season I knew I had to see it again. However, the tickets were pricy, so when I saw Gina blog about her success with the ‘Wicked Lottery’ in Tucson, I knew I had to test my luck with it here.

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The Wicked Lottery occurs two hours before every performance.

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People are given 30 minutes to drop their name in the drum for a chance to win one of ten sets of Orchestra Seat tickets at $25 a pop.

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There was a group of about 30-40 people waiting to hear their names called this evening. I was surprised at the size of the group considering it’s a random Wednesday and the lottery isn’t that widely advertised.

I had it in my head I wasn’t going to win, so when the first three names called weren’t mine, I wasn’t surprised.

Then the guy next to me started telling this story of how his Mom went crazy with excitement when her name was called in the past and everyone stared at her. He said that if his name was called he planned to be just as crazy and excited as his Mom had been.

His name was called next and sure enough he went wild and crazy.

I turned to the other guy behind to me (who had also heard the same story being told) and we thought it would be smart to started retelling it to each other to see if that would help our luck.

That’s when my name was called. :)

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Turns out that story was lucky after all! I hope that other guy won too, I was too busy jumping with excitement to see who else was called. :)

I instantly grabbed my tickets, called my friend Katy to tell her we were in, and headed to Urban Flats for a fun dinner before the show.

A celebratory glass of wine was deemed appropriate and necessary. :)

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For my meal, I ordered the Moroccan Flat.

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It doesn’t state it in the menu description above, but I swear the flat was covered in honey! It was really sweet and I’m not sure what else to pinpoint that flavor on.

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It was good though. (even with the sweetness ;) )

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Wicked was just as amazing as I remembered. Definitely worth seeing twice.

It’s playing at the Bob Carr in Orlando until March 27th and if you haven’t seen it I would HIGHLY recommend testing your luck in the Wicked Lottery before it leaves.

Hey, it worked for us! :)

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I walked in the door way passed my bedtime, but my sweet tooth requested a piece of chocolate before I crashed.

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Alright, time for bed.

I have green dreams to attend to!

Good Night!

{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) March 3, 2011 at 12:33 am

That’s so awesome! I entered the NYC lottery twice and no such luck (there were a ton of people though!). I WILL see wicked eventually :)

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2 Erica March 3, 2011 at 12:42 am

Congrats!!!!!! I’ve never seen wicked. Hope I get to one day!

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3 Christine March 3, 2011 at 12:50 am

I had no idea they did that! I need to look into it for where I live.

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4 Runeatrepeat March 3, 2011 at 12:54 am

Very cool!!! You should play the real lotto with that luck :)

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5 Meghann March 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I did. Apparently the luck didn’t transfer over. :/

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6 jessica March 3, 2011 at 1:03 am

yeah this reminds me of RENT! the RENT lottery is famous for being crazy and the people who became friends waiting on line everyday for the cheap but best seats in the two front rows.

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7 Meghann March 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

FACT: The RENT soundtrack has been playing nonstop in my car for the last week. :)

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8 Jess@atasteofconfidence March 3, 2011 at 1:10 am

ah i love wicked!!

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9 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks March 3, 2011 at 1:50 am

I love Wicked! I tried for the lottery twice and lost…but the last time they offered those of us who lost a chance to by $40 orchestra seats right next to the lottery seats, so my co-worker and I did that.

I did, however, win the RENT lottery when I saw it in NYC! SO AWESOME!

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10 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 3, 2011 at 2:05 am

I have never seen Wicked – but I am obsessed with the soundtrack – ha! You’re a lucky person to have won those tickets. So FUN!!

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11 Meghann March 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

You NEED to see it in person! It’s amazing :)

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12 Angela (the diet book junkie) March 3, 2011 at 2:57 am

i swear, Wicked was playing in Sydney for like 6 months or something, i can’t believe i didn’t go see it! lol…congrats on the lotto! :)

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13 Lacey March 3, 2011 at 4:37 am

I still have not seen Wicked! Ever christmas, anniversary and birthday I try and hint to the husband that I want to go but he never catches on lol. I guess I am going to have to just purchase the tickets myself and plan a day to see Wicked in London :-)

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14 Little Bookworm March 3, 2011 at 4:56 am

Congratulations on winning the Wicked lottery! :D

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15 Lauren March 3, 2011 at 6:39 am

So cool!! You seem to be so lucky with these things. Sounds like a fun night.

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16 Ashley March 3, 2011 at 6:43 am

Ooh so jealous I love Wicked!! Its my favorite musical. I like to listen to the soundtrack when I run!

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17 Meghann March 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I’ve ran many a 5k listening to the Wicked Soundtrack :)

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18 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 3, 2011 at 6:58 am

That’s so awesome that you won!

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19 Erika @ FoodFitnessFun March 3, 2011 at 7:13 am

Congrats on winning the tickets! I never win anything! :-?

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20 Jen March 3, 2011 at 7:17 am

That’s awesome that you won! I have been wanting to see Wicked, but it never works out with babysitting and everything :(
Your dinner looks absolutely incredible!!!!

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21 katie March 3, 2011 at 7:18 am

So awesome! SO glad you got to see it again! U and Katy are so cute! She really is such a awesome girl! I was so happy I got to meet her last weekend!

I hope to see Wicked again too one day!

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22 Ashley March 3, 2011 at 7:21 am

OMG congratulations Meghann!!!! Maybe its just luck of the blogger.

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23 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 3, 2011 at 7:24 am

I love Wicked – I’ve gone to see it twice now, and I can’t get enough!

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24 Faith @ lovelyascharged March 3, 2011 at 7:56 am

Ah, lucky! Congrats!

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25 Lee March 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

I listen to the soundtrack all the time too. Defying Gravity is a mainstay on all of my running playlists.

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26 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 3, 2011 at 8:08 am

Woohooo congrats Meghann! I’ve never seen Wicked but ever since they did Defying Gravity on Glee, I’ve been loving the soundtrack! :)

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27 Hope March 3, 2011 at 8:37 am

That is so cool!! I LOVE the music from Wicked but I’ve actually never seen the show! It’s definitely on my list of shows to see! I did a similiar thing when the musical 42nd Street was on Broadway. They had a lottery for front row seats and I won! It was awesome! :)

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28 Katie @ running4cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

Super jealous! I L-O-V-E Wicked! It is still in my CD player from seeing it last year. :)

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29 Kristine March 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

Congrats :) Winning is always so exciting!

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30 Amanda @ Eating Up March 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

That’s so fun. Winning lotteries is always a nice surprise!

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31 rebecca lustig March 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

I’m so envious, I’ve been wanting to see Wicked for a while now!

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32 Ali @ Ali Runs March 3, 2011 at 9:16 am

That sounds like such a fun night!! I haven’t been to a play in years but am really dying to go to one soon. Thanks for sharing about the Wicked Lottery, thats a great tip!

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33 Courtney March 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

This story really made me smile. I’m still smiling. :)

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34 Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! March 3, 2011 at 9:23 am

Wicked is AMAAAAZING. I actually got to see it before it hit Broadway while it was making its pre-Broadway rounds in San Francisco – with Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel! I didn’t know what a phenomenon it would end up being at that time, but I am sooooooo glad I got to see it!

It’s coming to DC this summer, and you better believe my family already has tickets to go see it. And hey, now that I know about this lottery, maybe I’ll go see it twice! ;)

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35 Grace March 3, 2011 at 9:35 am

I am so jealous, I’ve always wanted to see Wicked! Not sure if I’d want to try the lottery just because I hate being let down=( I’ve never eaten at Urban Flats but it looks pretty good to me!

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36 Kacy March 3, 2011 at 9:47 am

That’s really great that you won! Sweet pizza actually sounds kind of amazing :)

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37 Lauren @ Team Giles March 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

That’s so awesome Meghann! :) What a fun story too. I can’t wait to see what you thought of Wicked. I’ve always wanted to see that.

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38 Meghann March 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

It was amazing! That was my second time see it. I’ve read the book too, but the play and the book are SOOOOO different!

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39 Chloe @ 321delish March 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

Winning something….ANYTHING always is so invigorating. what cool win!

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40 Biz March 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I saw Wicked in Chicago – you just reminded me though that I have to put the soundtrack on my iPod! Lucky girl!

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41 Krissy March 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

YEAH! That is how I watched Wicked in TAMPA! My friend and I won the lottery and had AMAZING seats =D Glad you were able to go!!

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42 Becky March 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm

That’s so awesome! Going tonight…but can’t get there early enough to try to win those awesome seats! Just glad I’m going!

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43 Alaina March 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm

That’s so cool! Congrats! My friends once won a lottery for BSB tickets back in 2000 and they got 11th row seats and invited me! It was a blast. :-)

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44 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Awesome win, congrats!

That flat looks yummy, even if it’s sweet. I can go for sweet and savory. :)

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45 claire March 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I’ve seen Wicked twice and SOOOO want to see it again. So good!

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46 Ryan March 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Congratulations Meghann! I’ve seen the show six times, at five different productions, three different countries and have also won the lottery twice! It’s such a wonderful show! Can’t wait to see it again hopefully!

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