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Pennsylvania lottery machines knocked out by lightning

Pennsylvania LotteryPennsylvania Lottery: Pennsylvania lottery machines knocked out by lightning

A lightning strike at a control center put more than two-thirds of the terminals selling Pennsylvania lottery tickets out of commission for almost four hours Wednesday evening, which officials said would certainly mean reduced sales.

The lightning struck an online vendor facility in the Harrisburg area at about 4:25 p.m., Pennsylvania Lottery security director Jim Morgan said. The bolt damaged control equipment for a high-speed data line that allows the lottery machines to operate in convenience stores, at newsstands and in other locations, Morgan said.

About 5,500 terminals, 69 percent of the approximately 8,000 total, were affected, officials said. The drawing of the lottery numbers in Harrisburg was not affected, and neither were sales of instant-winner tickets.

The terminals, most of which were in western and eastern Pennsylvania, were unable to sell tickets until the problem was corrected at about 8:21 p.m., state Department of Revenue spokeswoman Stephanie Weyant said.

"Of course, if our retailers are down for any extended period, there will be an impact on sales," Weyant said. She said the outage occurred during what is typically a period of high sales, since many people buy tickets during lunchtime and after work.

Weyant said there have been occasional problems in the past, but she could not recall an outage affecting so many vendors and for such a long period.

The lightning strike also demolished a tree outside the control center of Scientific Games, the Pennsylvania Lottery's online vendor, which manufactures, installs and maintains terminal networks and the central computer system, Morgan said.

AP

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Posted: July 28, 2005, 3:58 pm - IP Logged

Ahhhh! The old lightning strike story! I remember it well! I was standing in front of the lottery machine when all of a sudden, the machine went dead. I had intended to play my Big 4 numbers straight. Somehow or other, I just KNEW that one of my numbers would hit.....sure enough! One of them hit straight! Did I win? Noooo! Was there anything I could do about it? Nooo! Grrrrr!

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    Posted: July 28, 2005, 5:23 pm - IP Logged
         

    Ahhhh! The old lightning strike story! I remember it well! I was standing in front of the lottery machine when all of a sudden, the machine went dead. I had intended to play my Big 4 numbers straight. Somehow or other, I just KNEW that one of my numbers would hit.....sure enough! One of them hit straight! Did I win? Noooo! Was there anything I could do about it? Nooo! Grrrrr!

    You drove all the the way from Kentucky to play Big 4? And that happened. Lightning s-ucks doesn't it?

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      Posted: July 28, 2005, 5:34 pm - IP Logged

      lightning does suck,especially when you work outside even when it rains....

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        Posted: July 29, 2005, 8:13 am - IP Logged

        No, this happened years ago before I moved down here.


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          Posted: July 29, 2005, 9:45 am - IP Logged

          Unfortunately it didn't prevent an Unlucky for Life loser.

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            Posted: July 29, 2005, 10:18 pm - IP Logged

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              Posted: July 29, 2005, 11:45 pm - IP Logged

              Unfortunately it didn't prevent an Unlucky for Life loser.

              You're the only one here that wouldn't want that prize. I prefer cash of course, but money is money is money no matter how you recieve it.

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                Posted: July 30, 2005, 12:21 am - IP Logged

                he could always give the prize to me i'll take it gladly....


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                  Posted: August 5, 2005, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

                  mike:

                  I'm not giving it to you because I won't play it as is.