Maryland Lottery fixes computer problem

Maryland Lottery officials say they've mostly fixed a computer glitch that prevented players from cashing their winning tickets over the weekend -- including thousands who won minor prizes in Saturday's Powerball drawing.

"There was a little issue with the software in the system," said Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett. "People could purchase tickets. The only issue -- and I can understand this was a little irritation with players -- was they couldn't cash on the spot."

The problem affected all of the computerized lottery games, not just Powerball.

As of Tuesday morning, almost all of the state's lottery retailers had their terminals fixed, Everett said.

Lottery players can cash winning tickets up to $600 at any lottery retailer and tickets up to $5,000 at certain locations. Winners of larger prizes must claim them at Maryland Lottery offices in Baltimore or Lanham.

In Saturday's multistate Powerball drawing, one winning jackpot ticket worth $590.5 million was sold in Florida.

There were more than 181,000 Powerball winners in Maryland. Eleven people won $10,000 and nearly 800 people won $100, Everett said. The majority of local winners won $7 or $4.

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