Pennsylvania Lottery website sees record traffic ahead of Mega Millions draw

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PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Lottery website saw record traffic Friday night as residents tried at the last minute to purchase a $1.337 billion Mega Millions ticket.

According to a Pennsylvania Lottery spokesperson, the lottery website saw an estimated 1,700% increase in traffic to the Draw Game shopping site on Friday.

Some users experienced a website outage on Friday ahead of the $1.337 billion Mega Millions draw.

The Pennsylvania Lottery website was working, but due to Friday’s big Mega Millions jackpot, a record number of players logged on to palottery.com and the website saw record traffic. As a result, some players received intermittent error messages.

Ewa Swope, Pennsylvania Lottery Press Secretary

Some users who attempted to purchase a lottery ticket online through the Pennsylvania Lottery encountered an “Error 502” indicating that the host site was down. Some users on social media began reporting an outage as early as 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The website showed that the server had reported a “bad gateway error” and should try again in a few minutes.

A single ticket purchased in a Chicago suburb beat all the odds and won the $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

According to megamillions.com, there was a jackpot-winning ticket in Friday night’s draw, and it was purchased at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Des Plaines.

The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.

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The jackpot was the third largest lottery prize in the country. It became so important because no one had matched the game’s six selected numbers since April 15. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.

Lottery officials had estimated the winning take at $1.28 billion, but revised the figure to $1.337 billion on Saturday.

The total prize is for winners who choose the annuity option, paid annually over 29 years. Most winners opt for the cash option, which for Friday night’s draw was estimated at $780.5 million.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.

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