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UK National Lottery website down before drawing

May 7, 2020, 1:46 pm

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Frustrated players unable to buy tickets for the £5 million draw

By Kate Northrop

WATFORD, United Kingdom — A power outage in Watford, a small town 15 miles northwest of London, caused the UK National Lottery website and smartphone app to crash and continue to remain out of action just four hours before the big drawing of £5 million (US$6.2 million) on Wednesday.

The Camelot Group, the operator of the UK National Lottery, houses its headquarters in Watford.

Although the power outage was reported at 6:57 am and restored at 8:39 am, both the website and app were out of commission for a total of nine hours. It wasn't until around 4 pm when the UK National Lottery announced on Twitter that the website and app had been fixed.

Because online services were unavailable for most of the day, customers were unable to purchase tickets online ahead of the draw. Terminals selling National Lottery tickets in some supermarkets were also reported to have been impacted by the outage.

Players were undoubtedly angry and flocked to Twitter to voice their reactions.

Twitter user BBeachBoundd was concerned that they would be unable to participate in the draw. "Will this be resolved in time to play tonight? I've done the same numbers for 15 years & can't leave the house due to isolation. If my numbers come up I will go insane!"

Others urged the Lottery to postpone the draw to allow players a fair chance to play in the event online services were not restored in time. "This is crazy. I've been doing the same numbers every Saturday and Wednesday since 1994," Twitter user LaineyJ25 remarked. "You should postpone it until tomorrow if you can't sort out the online problem. It's not fair."

In response, The National Lottery announced that there would be no plans to cancel and that the draw would be going ahead as planned, a decision later warranted in the eventual restoration of online services.

In the meantime, The National Lottery provided reassurance by responding to individual customer inquiries via Twitter and Facebook.  "We are working to get services back up and running as quickly as possible and are really sorry for any inconvenience caused," one of their tweets read.

Several customers were dismayed that Camelot did not resolve the problem sooner or that there were no preparations in place for this sort of event. According to DownDetector, an independent website that tracks online outages and issues, 565 people complained about the National Lottery's problem every minute at its peak.

Other users stepped up to defend those working to fix the issue, citing the current COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for the delay. "The technicians and workers fixing [the outage] need to stick to COVID-19 guidelines as well as fix the problem," Twitter user whiplash294 commented. "Of course its going to take longer than it usually would."

Regardless of tensions caused, the draw ended up occurring at 8:00 pm with no jackpot winner on Wednesday night. The winning numbers drawn were 23, 29, 32, 48, 49, and 51, with Bonus number 13. The jackpot increased to £7 million (US$9 million) for the Saturday, May 9, drawing.

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Chasing $ Millions.
White Shores- California
United States
Member #136471
December 12, 2012
6679 Posts

Seeing how spoilt American lottery players are with our jackpots being downsized, l would go out on a limb and say " If the Powerball drawing on Saturday night did not occur due to a power outage- you would probably get a little over half a dozen players nationwide that would be outraged. Probably hear "  That's great, at least l managed to save my $2.00 this time, no biggie."

 * Voice of Reason *   

* The Truth Hurts *

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

    cottoneyedjoe's avatar - cuonvFT

    United States
    Member #197030
    March 28, 2019
    704 Posts

    "Will this be resolved in time to play tonight? I've done the same numbers for 15 years & can't leave the house due to isolation. If my numbers come up I will go insane!"

    You went insane 15 years ago, LOL.

    ... Sooper dooper top seekrit winning numbers: 5 16 17 24 33 52 ...

      music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
      USN United States Navy
      Fresno, California
      United States
      Member #157849
      August 2, 2014
      3959 Posts

      I do remind myself that the Lottery is just a game. In Las Vegas it is also called gaming.

       "We are all in this together!" 

        Northern Beaches
        Member #187034
        January 9, 2018
        140 Posts

        The UK Lottery gives subscribers the opportunity to participate by direct debit. You choose the games you wish to play, choose your numbers and choose "Continuously by Direct Debit".

        The cost of your tickets are deducted monthly by direct debit from your bank account. Any prize money, except for jackpots, are also automatically credited to your bank account.