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Stop.  Before you cause more damage than needed.  Firstly, what type of handle is it? 1/4 turn or does it thread in? You don't want to drill all the way through. Rather than drill through the middle of the lock, you need to drill out the tab on the lock that moves in & out with the key. Lock at either the 6 o'clock or 12 o'clock position in the handle. Try to pick it using a pick tool. Once you retract it into the cylinder the handle should pop open.

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Before you drill look at the tumbler position and figure out from another lock where it's likely that the lock's spring bolt is. Then drill the handle just outside of the lock hole aiming toward that bolt.  When you're deep enough to be through the bolt then hammer on the lock to see if it opens.

By saying the t-handle only turned a little then you might have jammed the lockbar when moving the machine and bouncing it off the floor could free it up.  Or you could have had the lockbar nut come lose from the back of the lock assym

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