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Frantic Powerball ticket buyers crash Florida Lottery website

7

January

Dreams of getting rich overnight crashed the Florida Lottery website late Wednesday and into the morning Thursday.

With a $500 million jackpot on the line in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, an unusually large number of people came to the site, according to department spokeswoman Shelly Gerteisen.

No one won the big prize — it will increase to $675 million for Saturday’s drawing — but two Floridians matched five numbers in the game. One lives in Dunedin and the other in Ft. Lauderdale. They’ll each bring home $1 million in winnings.

As of 11 a.m., the lottery was working on fixing its website, Gerteisen said, but in the meantime, hopeful Floridians can check the department’s Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Already, they're heading there to complain about the technical problems.

And the Florida Lottery can hope that the next go-around this weekend brings it better luck.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2016 12:45pm]

    

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