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Darn The Luck! Lottery Website Crashes During Mega Millions Fever

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A sign displays of the $640 Mega Millions jackpot at Liquorland on March 30, 2012 in Covina, California The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a high of $640 million before the drawing tonight. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A sign displays of the $640 Mega Millions jackpot at Liquorland on March 30, 2012 in Covina, California The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a high of $640 million before the drawing tonight. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois lottery website stopped working for 25 minutes Friday during sales for a record high $640 million jackpot.

The website is working again. The problem Friday was not because of the volume of visitors or website failures.

Liz Leonard is the spokeswoman for the Northstar Lottery Group that runs the lottery. She says technicians were working on another area of the site, which caused the problems.

The website was down from about 3:30 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. There was a notice telling visitors about the technical issues and to check back shortly.

Leonard says that as of 4 p.m. online sales for the day had reached over $247,000. Sales for retail tickets for the day had reached $10.7 million.

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