If you didn't get your first choice, you may still get lucky if you keep checking. Some downtown hotel rooms periodically pop back in as people make changes.
Alec Usticke, Fans of Gen Con Facebook Group
I appreciate what you do Alex, but lets not give people false hope. This lottery system is still flawed. 6 trips to GenCon and I have yet to even have to opportunity to stay downtown, and this includes checking the housing portal whenever possible post-opening day.
I've stayed downtown every year since they started the lottery. This year was the first year I actually managed to get a connect room during the lottery. Every other year I have gotten them in May/June when some rooms got returned to the housing block. Definitely possible, just a lot more stressful. (Portal Time was 3:35. Was not expecting to still find one at that time.) Will everyone get the room they want? No they won't, there just aren't enough rooms downtown for everyone that wants one, but it is certainly still possible.
with the changes I expect one side effect will be less rooms back in the block later on.