The New Jersey Lottery's computer system is back on-line, after being down for about 3½ hours this afternoon, officials said.
The disruption in service, which shut down Lottery machines throughout the state and caused a delay in the drawing of the Satuday midday numbers, was blamed on high winds and heavy rains that hit the state today.
Lottery machines went down about 12:30 p.m. Service was restored shortly before 4 p.m., said Dominick DeMarco, a spokesman for the Lottery Commission.
Shorty after the system was put back online, the agency held non-televised drawings for the Pick Three and Pick Four mid-day jackpots. An independent auditor observed the drawing, DeMarco said.
The winning Pick Three numbers were 8-6-6. The winning Pick Four numbers were 9-1-3-5.
This evening's Pick Three, Pick Four and Jersey Cash Five drawings are expected to be held as scheduled, DeMarco said.
"We apologize to anyone who was inconvenienced by this," DeMarco said. "We wanted to make sure that everyone who wanted to play had a chance to play."