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Computer glitch takes down Penn. Lottery terminals

Jul 9, 2010, 1:01 pm

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Pennsylvania Lottery

Pennsylvania Lottery officials said they've fixed a computer glitch that took down game terminals across the state for more than seven hours Thursday.

Lottery officials in Harrisburg told local media that the machines always shut down overnight, and come back online at about 5:30 a.m., but that didn't happen Thursday morning.

Officials said that a computer network problem affecting terminal-based games and ticket validation functions lasted until about noon.

Lottery officials said the glitch affected all of its approximately 8,500 retailers.

Players who purchased advance tickets for the day's drawings can validate winning tickets now that the system is back up.

During the downtime, a message on the lottery's website said the network was down and they apologized for the inconvenience.

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