Lotto operator denies 'crash' - insisting terminals were 'disabled for maintenance'
The operator of the National Lotto has denied reports its systems suffered yet another crash.
According to several retailers, last Sunday lottery terminals were unable to verify scratch cards belonging to Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), which was awarded a 20-year licence to operate the National Lottery in 2014.
Despite reports the 'blackout' was due to a technical fault, a PLI spokesperson said processing of its scratch cards "via lottery terminals was temporarily disabled" at the weekend due to scheduled maintenance.
"Retailers were informed in advance of the planned maintenance work and were kept fully informed throughout. Wider terminal services were not affected," the spokesperson added.
Earlier this year, the Lotto was forced to delay a €10m jackpot following a widespread system fault.
In 2015, some 3,700 new ticket terminals were installed by PLI in retailers across Ireland.