Texas Lottery Reports Technical Issues Ahead of Powerball Drawing

The Texas Lottery says it is no longer having technical issues at some lottery terminals across the state ahead of Wednesday night's record-breaking Powerball drawing.

In a Tweet posted at 7:13 p.m., the lottery said, "We are experiencing technical issues at some of our retail locations. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible."

Just after 8:30 p.m., Kelly Cripe, a spokeswoman for the Texas Lottery Commission, said the technical problem was a "satellite communication issue that seems to have resolved."

It is unknown how many people were affected by the technical issues, but NBC 5 received messages from several viewers who reported problems trying to purchase Powerball tickets at stores across North Texas, including in Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth.

The Texas Lottery was processing $2,403 in Powerball tickets per second across the state in the 6 p.m. hour Wednesday evening, for a grand total of $8,651,714 in tickets sold. That number dropped to $2,136 sold per second in the 7 p.m. hour, or $7,688,970 in tickets sold.

Wednesday night's Powerball drawing at 10 p.m. has a jackpot of $1.5 billion.

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