The New York Islanders are looking to hit the jackpot on Friday, and if they do, they’ll share the wealth.
New York partnered with Jackpocket to order 25,000 Mega Millions tickets, which cost a total of $50,000. If any of the tickets hit the $1.28 billion jackpot, the Islanders plan to split the proceeds with their full-season ticket holders, suite holders, staff and the Islanders Children’s Foundation. If the total winnings are below $250,000, all the proceeds will go to the Children’s Foundation.
If this is won, this will be the second-largest prize in Mega Millions history. The lottery game has been around for 20 years, and the biggest payout was $1.537 billion. That winning ticket was sold in North Carolina and won on Oct. 23, 2018. It still holds the world record for the largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket in the world.
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The Mega Millions jackpots start at $20 million. That pool grows based on sales and interest. The odds of winning are 1 in 303 million. Tickets cost $2, and players can add the Megapliar for an additional $1 to multiply the non-jackpot prizes. Half of the proceeds from each ticket sold remains in the state. That money supports lottery beneficiaries and retailer commissions.
There have been 29 drawings since the last jackpot was won on April 15, and there have been more than 28.1 winning tickets over that span, including 42 worth at least $1 million. New York is among those states that saw a prize of at least $1 million won.
With fans and staff still feeling the affects of COVID-19 — especially those who work in arenas and sports and saw leagues press pause amid the pandemic — hitting the jackpot would be life-changing.
Drawings are conducted each Tuesday and Friday. Tonight’s drawing will be at 11 p.m. ET and take place in Atlanta, Georgia. So, Islanders fans should watch closely, hoping that the numbers the team got will be in their favor.