Scattered Powerball sales outages reported

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some Texans planning to take their chances on a $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot are finding scattered retailers with ticket printers on the blink.

In a message posted Wednesday evening on its Twitter page, the Texas Lottery Commission said it was experiencing technical issues at some retail locations. In an email, commission spokeswoman Kelly Cripe said a satellite communication issue was to blame and that it was quickly resolved.

In another Twitter message, the commission said that from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, it had $7,688,970 in Powerball sales — a rate of $128,150 per minute or $2,136 per second.