Though Wednesday night’s PowerBall®jackpot was not hit, two winning $50,000 PowerBall tickets were sold in Rhode Island.

The winning tickets matched four numbers and the PowerBall number to win $50,000. Stop & Shop, 1360 West Main Rd., Middletown, sold one of the winning tickets and 7-Eleven, 7330 Post Rd., North Kingstown, sold the other. Neither player added the PowerPlay feature for an additional dollar.  If they had, the prizes would have been multiplied by 3, last night’s PowerPlay® number, to equal $150,000.

Austin Barry of North Kingstown claimed one of the winning $50,000PowerBall® tickets. He is currently enrolled in college and plays for the school’s baseball team. He plans to utilize the money won toward his education and for sports equipment. He purchased the winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 7330 Post Rd., North Kingstown.

The $50,000 PowerBall® ticket sold at Stop & Shop 1360 West Main Rd., Middletown remains unclaimed.

Wednesday night’s PowerBall jackpot rolled for the 19th time, increasing the jackpot amount to an estimated $700 million for Saturday’s drawing. This is the largest jackpot in PowerBall® history and also the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S history. The cash option is an estimated $428.4 million. Tickets can be purchased up until 9:50pm Saturday night.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.