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.
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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.