The New York Islanders have purchased $50,000 worth of Mega Millions lottery tickets, and if the NHL team has the winning ticket from an estimated $1.28 billion jackpot, they plan to distribute the money among full-season ticket holders, suite holders, staff and Islanders’ children. Foundation.
Islanders ordered a total of 25,000 tickets as the Mega Millions hit the second largest prize in lottery history. If the total winnings from the lottery tickets are less than $250,000, the team will donate the entire amount to the Islanders Children’s Foundation.
The Islanders are gearing up for the franchise’s 50th season after opening a new arena in New York’s Elmont Park this past season. The team began play in the 1972–73 season and won four consecutive Stanley Cups from the 1979–80 season to the 82–83 season.
NHL Offseason Tracker:Follow the signings, trades and rumors this summer
Top 25 Unrestricted Free Agents:Who signed, and who else?
“As we prepare for our historic 50th anniversary season, we want to express our appreciation to our Islanders season ticket members and staff and give them the opportunity to participate in this massive Mega Millions drawing,” said Jon Ledecky, Islanders co-owner. “Proceeds from lottery tickets are dedicated to education in New York State, so no matter what happens in today’s historic drawing, important funds will be raised for education in the state, which will support our fan base and their families.”
The Islanders ordered tickets through third-party lottery ticket-buying app JackPocket, with which the team also partners.
“We are excited to work with longtime partner New York Islanders to leverage the lottery’s broader vision for the good of the community this week,” said JackPocket CEO and Founder Pete Sullivan.