Lottery machines across PA were offline for about 8 hours Friday… here’s why

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State College, Pa- Friday, thousands of stores throughout Pennsylvania were unable to sell lottery drawing tickets.

The machines that generate the numbers in an online system were offline for about 8 hours, beginning at about 8:00a.m. Friday morning. All systems across the state are now back online.

A representative from the PA Lottery told WTAJ that the root of the problem was a connection issue for all stores that use Verizon as a provider.

The internet connection problem stopped sales of tickets at a peak total of 2,000 stores across the state. Five of the 10 stores WTAJ visited in Centre County were offline, including the UniMart on 1200 South Atherton Street.

“I think they’re definitely going to lose some money on it because a lot of people just go into convenience stores,  to get that lottery ticket,” said Sean Zenbower from Boalsburg, Centre County.

Locals were able to go to other stores that didn’t have connection issues, but distance was a factor for some.

“It’s close to home, I don’t want to walk a far mile down,” said Isiah Woodland from State College.

As a result, some did not get lottery tickets, which caused frustration.

“If you’re close to home and you sell lottery tickets, you need to have the machine working,” Woodland said.

Nobody WTAJ spoke with was concerned about the state losing money.

“I think it will definitely make a dent in what they’re making… but the number of dud numbers that aren’t going to win, they’re still making so much money off of people not winning,” said Zenbower

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