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IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ: Extended Maintenance Period

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Chief Bottle Washer
New Jersey
United States
Member #1
May 31, 2000
23348 Posts
Posted: September 27, 2008, 10:48 pm - IP Logged

IMPORTANT: Extended Maintenance Period

This is an important announcement for all members and visitors of Lottery Post and USA Mega regarding Web site availability on Monday, September 29, 2008.

Starting Monday morning at 7:00 AM Eastern Time, there will be an extended service outage, lasting until approximately 7:30 PM Eastern Time Monday evening.

The following services will be affected:

It is possible that the above mentioned services will continue to be available after 7:00 AM, but I am currently advising that all Web site visitors anticipate 7:00 AM as the service down-time, as a conservative estimate.

If I am able to provide a more accurate time, I will post the updated information here.

Once the Web sites and other services go offline, they will remain offline until approximately 7:30 PM Eastern Time Monday evening.

Any e-mails sent to Lottery Post or USA Mega during the service outage will be held in an undeliverable state by your e-mail server, and they will be automatically delivered once the e-mail servers come back online. That will happen automatically, with no action required on your part.

In preparation for the service outage, at approximately 6:15 AM Eastern Time Monday morning, I will be removing the ability to:

  • Post messages to the Lottery Post forums,
  • Post predictions to the Lottery Post Predictions board,
  • Post blog entries at Lottery Post, and,
  • Send private messages to other Lottery Post members.

This will be done to ensure that none of the important content information stored in our databases around the time of the service outage is lost.

Most other features at Lottery Post (and USA Mega) will continue operating normally, until the Web sites go offline at 7:00 AM (or sometime after that).

I have included a summary of the Monday timeline below, as a quick reference.

This maintenance is unavoidable, and is part of a large data center reorganization involving several hundred companies.

I have worked very hard to ensure that the sites and services will experience as small of a downtime window as possible. My goal is to work to keep the total downtime to less than 12 hours.

For comparison, most other companies involved in this data center maintenance are experiencing downtimes of between 40 and 48 hours.

I greatly appreciate your patience and understanding while we are all going through this challenging maintenance period Monday.

If service is not restored by 7:30 PM Monday evening, please know that I am hard at work to restore it, and it will be completed as early as I possibly can.

I have provided as much detail about the nature of the maintenance as I'd like to post here on the forums, but if you have any questions regarding the timeline or how the Web sites or other services will function, please feel free to post your questions here, and I will do my best to answer them.

Monday, September 29, 2008 Service Outage Timeline

  • 6:15 AM — Ability to post to the forums, blogs, predictions board, and private messages will be removed
  • 7:00 AM — Earliest time that service may become disrupted (will update if a concrete time is determined)
  • 7:30 PM — Target time to resume service of Web sites, e-mail, and other services


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    MADDOG10's avatar - smoke
    Beautiful Florida
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    Member #5709
    July 18, 2004
    20233 Posts
    Posted: September 27, 2008, 11:10 pm - IP Logged

    Understandable down time.

    Thanks for the heads up...!


                                                   " You can not control the Wind, but you can direct the Sail "

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      new york
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      June 4, 2007
      2216 Posts
      Posted: September 27, 2008, 11:39 pm - IP Logged

      ok no problem i copy you

      thanks todd

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        Member #24380
        October 21, 2005
        623 Posts
        Posted: September 27, 2008, 11:47 pm - IP Logged

        You are the greatest Todd!  Thank you for all you do!  It is hard work and you are dedicated to us.  I appreciate it!  We all do! 

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          Luv Vtracs 8-)

          United States
          Member #38062
          April 23, 2006
          12653 Posts
          Posted: September 28, 2008, 12:04 am - IP Logged

          thank u for letting us know in an advance.  I appreciate your hard work. thank u Todd, u r the greatest.

            germantown md
            United States
            Member #64543
            August 31, 2008
            3771 Posts
            Posted: September 28, 2008, 12:25 am - IP Logged

            copy 10**4

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              November 21, 2007
              6537 Posts
              Posted: September 28, 2008, 12:25 am - IP Logged

              Thank you for the heads up!

              "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                Dump Water Florida
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                Member #380
                June 5, 2002
                3112 Posts
                Posted: September 28, 2008, 12:27 am - IP Logged

                I'm surprised, I always thought Lottery Post would be on it's own dedicated server or you owned its server.   

                The web host Lotto-Logix is on blew out one of its servers and they don't work over the weekend.  I haven't seen my site since Thursday.  

                Bang Head



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                  April 12, 2008
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                  Posted: September 28, 2008, 12:46 am - IP Logged

                  Time for my break from numbers research on Monday.

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                    May 21, 2007
                    2679 Posts
                    Posted: September 28, 2008, 6:59 am - IP Logged

                    Conehead message received & thanks for all the hard work

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                      June 21, 2008
                      24974 Posts
                      Posted: September 28, 2008, 7:46 am - IP Logged

                      Thanks Chief for all you do.
                      Guess I will have to get some work done while at the office Monday!!!!!Scared


                        LiLSpeedy's avatar - 2714
                        Decatur, GA
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                        August 18, 2005
                        2669 Posts
                        Posted: September 28, 2008, 8:04 am - IP Logged

                        10-4 Thumbs Up




                        Winning is Funtastic!

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                          long, island
                          Member #62181
                          June 20, 2008
                          3681 Posts
                          Posted: September 28, 2008, 8:35 am - IP Logged

                          thanks for letting us know

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                            United States
                            Member #10465
                            January 14, 2005
                            6065 Posts
                            Posted: September 28, 2008, 9:40 am - IP Logged

                            Withdrawal time.

                            OH NO what do I DO!!!

                            Thanks for the heads up.

                            This will give me time to get ready for Tuesday's class.

                            Good luck with the updates/mainteinance Todd.

                            Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

                            Come on Jackpot!!!

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                              Member #29819
                              January 7, 2006
                              1248 Posts
                              Posted: September 28, 2008, 9:45 am - IP Logged

                              Thanks Todd for all your hard work, I really appreciate this site!!