Powerball Trouble in Missouri

1 decade 4 years 5 months ago Wednesday, October 12 2005 Oct 12, 2005 Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:54:29 PM CDT October 12, 2005 in News

During the commute home, many Jefferson City residents stop by the Mertens Mini-Mart to purchase their shot at a multi-million dollar sale.

But for much of the day, lottery vendors had bad luck.  That meant bad news for powerball hopefuls. At 10 in the morning, ticket sellers in Columbia and Jefferson City couldn't connect to the Missouri Lottery.

"It's a combination of telephone lines and some use v-sat, or satellite.  Satellite is typically a very reliable source of communication. In this case we have a problem connecting between the v-sat and our central data system," Gary Gonder of the Missouri Lottery said.

No connection meant no Powerball tickets until the system went back on line more than five hours later.

The outage may have hurt Mid-Missouri's chances of winning but it also hurt businesses. Clerks say they'll only make two-thirds of their normal profit for day-of ticket sales. If no one wins the powerball jackpot, those players who missed getting a ticket will have another chance of winning Saturday with one of the biggest jackpots ever.

Missouri is one of 29 states where you can buy powerball tickets. Missouri is also home to the second most powerball winners in the nation. An average week of Missouri powerball sales brings in $2.2 million.  But this past week ticket sales brought in $4.8 million.

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