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Technical problems delay sales and drawing of Powerball lottery game

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Mutliple technology problems yesterday caused problems with both the sales and drawing of the Powerball multi-state lottery game.

Getting a Powerball ticket in Nebraska was almost impossible for a short time Wednesday.

At about 5:30 p.m., a satellite malfunction shut down all Powerball ticket buying across the Cornhusker state. The problem lasted about 30 minutes.

Then, it took up to an hour or more for retailers to log back on.

The problems continued for Powerball players later in the night in Iowa. A technical problem forced the lottery drawing to be delayed for about 50 minutes.

One of the 29 jurisdictions participating in the drawing was not certified, and when that happens, the lottery can't tell if tickets are still being sold.

Eventually all the security and validation concerns were dealt with, and the numbers were drawn.

"The Powerball lotteries take pride in the strict security standards of this game, however sometimes our own rules require the game to be delayed to ensure all game procedures have been successfully completed," said lottery announcer Mike Pace.

When the numbers were finally drawn, no one matched all six winning numbers. The new estimated jackpot for Saturday is $215 million.

Wednesday’s winning numbers were 27, 29, 31, 42, 46.  The Powerball was 33 and the Power Play was 2.

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Posted: May 26, 2005, 3:37 pm - IP Logged

it usually only takes a few minutes for me to call and get the powerball results from work but last night it took an hour and a half.....

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    North Dakota
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    Posted: May 26, 2005, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

    Yeah.  They didn't annouce the new Jackpot until a little after 1 AM. 

    How are you going to win if you don't play?


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      Posted: May 26, 2005, 6:56 pm - IP Logged

      Actually, PB is played in 29 places (27 states, DC and the USVI).

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        Tennessee
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        Posted: May 26, 2005, 10:17 pm - IP Logged

        big jackpot though,its good to see it this high again....

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          Posted: May 26, 2005, 10:24 pm - IP Logged

          I agree lottomike.  It's always good to see this much money up for grabs.

          How are you going to win if you don't play?

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            Posted: May 27, 2005, 3:04 am - IP Logged

            hopefully we will see another tennessee powerball winner!

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              Raleigh NC
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              Posted: May 27, 2005, 7:02 am - IP Logged

                I would like to see a North Carolina winner !!!  ME !

               

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                Posted: May 27, 2005, 8:27 am - IP Logged

                I'm thinking a ticket sold in Pennsylvania to a Maryland resident will be the winner.  Ok, ok, I'm hoping and dreaming that will happen!!!!!

                MrMST

                Good luck and have a Disney Day ºoºHiding Behind Computer

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                  Atlanta
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                  Posted: May 27, 2005, 12:03 pm - IP Logged

                  I'm hoping a Georgia winner while working in Tennessee. I had to grab 5 quick picks

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                    Greenwich, CT
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                    Posted: May 27, 2005, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

                    Connecticut had its only three jackpot wins in a blitz during January, May and June of 1997.  I think it's about time to end the eight year drought. 

                    1997 was eight years ago?!?!  Time keeps movin along, lol.

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                      West Los Angeles
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                      Posted: May 28, 2005, 9:20 am - IP Logged

                      To Me this Stablize's the Integrity of Powerball.  Remember the man that was caught by hacking the computer on Breeders Cup and printed himself a $3Million Pick Six ticket. I'd rather wait an hour and a half for honest results. Very Nice work Powerball.


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                        Posted: June 3, 2005, 10:59 am - IP Logged

                        CT has not had a PB jackpot since the annuity-only era.