Ga. Lottery aware of problems as Powerball jackpot soars

5:22 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- As the Powerball jackpot soars, a Georgia Lottery official says the agency is working to get its equipment operational again after some machines have been down.

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Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Kimberly Starks confirmed that some machines were not working properly. She said Monday afternoon that lottery officials are aware of the situation, and are working to correct the problems. She wasn't immediately able to say how widespread the outages were or provide other details.

Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick said Monday afternoon the machines were experiencing slower transaction times.

Starks said online lottery sales were scheduled to start over the weekend, and officials were looking into reports of issues surrounding that as well.

Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $425 million, lottery officials said. Drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

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