There were no big Powerball jackpot winners on Wednesday, July 27. According to the Powerball website, no winner for the estimated $422 million Powerball jackpot from Wednesday means that the next big Powerball drawing on Saturday, July 30, will come with an even bigger jackpot. As of this writing, the current estimated jackpot for Saturday is $478 million, with an estimated cash value of $330.6 million.
However, those Saturday Powerball estimated jackpot totals will likely grow in leaps and bounds now that news about Wednesday evening’s Powerball drawing not garnering any big winners is spreading. As reported by the Powerball website, July 27 brought nearly two million non-jackpot winners, who won a total of $17,798,750.
According to USA Today, the winning white Powerball numbers for the Powerball drawing on Wednesday, July 27, were 10, 47, 50, 65, and 68 — and the red Powerball number was 24.
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As reported by the Inquisitr, the news about huge Powerball drawings has caused Powerball apps to come more into focus lately, as well. Apps like LotteryHUB — which bills itself as the official app of the Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries — have left consumers with the desire to purchase Powerball tickets in a more convenient way. As of this writing, buying Powerball tickets in many venues requires the consumer to get cash via their ATMs or through “cash back” options or other means before tromping over to a Powerball lottery machine — or a special cash register at convenience stores and grocery stores in order to fulfill their Powerball wishes.
A new app, called AutoLotto, is the first that will let people buy Powerball tickets on their smartphones. Right now, people in New Hampshire can enjoy their benefits as the first state in the U.S. that allows consumers to buy Powerball tickets via the AutoLotto app — with more states set to allow Powerball players to buy their tickets through the app in the future.
Seeing the stories of previous Powerball winners — such as Tracy Angela Smith and her brother Steven Elliot Smith, pictured above — encourages others to try their hands at becoming Powerball winners, as well.
According to the Daily Mail, the family had plans to tithe to their church and use their share of the $429.6 million Powerball jackpot that they won months ago to travel. After spending only $6 on a couple of $2 Powerball tickets — with an additional $1 spent on each Powerball ticket for the “Power Play” choice that multiplies Powerball winnings, the family out of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, found themselves a lot richer.
Another big Powerball winner in recent months was Maureen Smith, who can be seen in the above photo. According to the New York Daily News, 70-year-old Smith and her 55-year-old husband, David Kaltschmidt — seen above on the left — claimed their third of the January 13 world record Powerball jackpot. That jackpot saw the winning Powerball total swelling to $1.6 billion.
The Powerball fever breaking out around the nation has folks quipping on social media about the things they would do if they won the latest Powerball jackpot — with memes about how they would cockily enter work the next day making the rounds online. A sampling of those Powerball wishes and caviar dreams can be read below.
“If I ever win $400+ million dollars on the Powerball, the first thing I am going to do is create a new cable/internet company to put Comcast out of business. I bet I get a lot of investors.”
“I’ll donate $2 too the cause, but as if…I’m just saying, anybody can dream.”
“Welp time to play again.”
“Maybe we should make a run to Louisiana.”
“This Powerball has to be won by me, and me alone, Saturday night…”
[Photo by Chris O’Meara/AP Images]