Lotto machines and website back in action after 'technical difficulties' on €12m jackpot day
Lotto customers looking to purchase a ticket experienced problems earlier today as machines went down as a result "technical difficulties".
A spokesperson for the National Lottery confirmed to independent.ie that machines nationwide - which were out of service for a number of hours - are currently back in operation.
"The National Lottery confirms that the retail network has been restored and lottery sales resumed as of 12.45pm," a statement from the group read.
Users also experienced difficulties while trying to access the National Lottery website.
Instead of the Lottery.ie homepage, potential customers received an error message stating that the website was offline.
This issue took several hours longer to resolve but was "fully operational" by 2.45pm, according to the Lotto spokesperson.
€12m jackpot tonight and the Lotto machines are down, probably the worst retail problem there is— Emmet Donlon (@emmetd7) January 20, 2016
“This is very frustrating as it is a busy day for Lotto agents with the National Lottery draw of €12m,” said Tara Buckley, RGDATA Director General.
"We are pleased to report that the machines are now fixed and hopefully the National Lottery will ensure that it doesn't happen again."
Tonight's Lotto jackpot is heading for €12m as there have been no jackpot winners in the last number of weeks.
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