The New Hampshire Lottery issued a warning Friday morning that its website was experiencing a cyber attack and advised against clicking on any pop-up messages from the lottery.

"We are aware of it, we are investigating and we are working to remove it as quickly as possible so we can get our website back up and running properly," read a message on the lottery's Facebook page.

Attempts to access the website Friday morning via Chrome and Firefox browsers were met by warnings about harmful programs and possible attempts to trick a user into installing them.

In a statement late Friday morning, spokeswoman Maura McCann said the website was taken offline as the Lottery works with its technical partners to investigate the nature of the attack.

Lottery ticket sales are not affected by the attack, according to McCann.

"Our players’ security and integrity of our web platform is our primary concern. We have notified our players of this situation and we will continue to keep the public updated as we receive more information," McCann said.

The agency thanked users who informed them about the problem.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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