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Pa. Lottery Machines Working Again After Statewide Outage

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) -- Many Pennsylvanians were unable to buy lottery tickets for most of the day Friday.

The lottery tweeted around noon that they were "experiencing statewide system problems that may impact your ability to purchase tickets."

Department of Revenue spokesman Jeffrey Johnson said the outage was due to connectivity issues with Verizon's cellular service at some terminals throughout the state. It only affected machines that use Verizon as their service.

Johnson said that all machines were back up and running as of 4 p.m.

The department got word of the outages around 8 a.m. Around 3 p.m., Johnson said the issue was almost resolved entirely.

The outage came the same day Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced Friday's Cash 5 jackpot was the highest it's ever been at $2.4 million.

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