State lottery says outage affected some Powerball players

WORCESTER (WHDH) - Lottery officials say an outage caused by a software update impacted hundreds of lottery agents throughout the state on Wednesday.

The department says Verizon performed a service update across its wireless network that impacted approximately 1,000 state lottery agents, primarily in Worcester and other surrounding towns.

Verizon worked with the state lottery to restore machines Wednesday morning.

While some efforts were successful, roughly 650 lottery agents were still out of service at 9:50 p.m., which was the deadline to purchase Powerball tickets.

The drawing for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing was $293 million. There was no jackpot winner; the next estimated jackpot is set at $320 million.

Officials say the remaining machines were restored late Wednesday night.

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