Tonight, there is a drawing for $455 million for Powerball. I bought quick pick ticket and I got 07, 23, 37, 45, 49 and I thought "Hey, that's Hideki Okajima, Pedro Martinez, and Tim Wakefield!"
Uniform numbers: http://www.redsoxdiehard.com/players/unifnums.html
What it does
Gets Powerball numbers off of web, and maps to Red Sox uniform numbers. Silly? Yes. Fun? YES!!
How I built it
I was going to scrape the data off of powerball.com but then noticed NY lottery publishes json file.
Challenges I ran into
I thought it would be easy to get if there was winner or not and prize amount but it was more trouble. And I was going to create scraper using python, but I didn't have a server I could use...
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
It works! I got it to work during the hackathon and I had something working to show for a demo! (Though it was not styled)
What I learned
That I thought this was small enough project to do it by myself but I could have really used help from a teammate or two, especially from a designer!
I didn't get to demo it, but I also learned that you can actually scrape some stuff off of web using Google spreadsheets. Tutorial: https://www.benlcollins.com/spreadsheets/google-sheet-web-scraper/
What's next for Red Sox Powerball
I'd like to get next draw time and estimated jackpot from data https://www.powerball.com/winning-numbers-pop-out and make the design little more fun.