‘Minor blip;’ Ohio Lottery says issue temporarily impacted sales of Powerball tickets Monday

DAYTON — A statewide issue plagued some Ohioans looking to purchase a Powerball ticket ahead of Monday’s drawing.

News Center 7 received reports just after noon on Monday that a number of Greene County locations were unable to process Powerball tickets.

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Employees at each location we called said they had experienced issues, but that their machines were up and running again. Two locations in Jamestown said their issues lasted 15-20 minutes, while one Marathon station reported that the issue lasted nearly 45 minutes.

The issue came after the Powerball lottery jackpot rose to $1 billion over the weekend.

Ohio Lottery officials originally told News Center 7 that an overloaded system caused issues statewide for about an hour on Monday. Danielle Frizzi-Babb, Deputy Director of Communications later clarified that the issue lasted closer to 30 minutes and called it a “minor blip.”

Frizzi-Babb said the statewide outage affected Powerball, Rolling Cash 5 and Classic Lotto games.

The issue has since been resolved, according to Ohio Lottery.