The New York Islanders didn’t win the NHL Draft Lottery earlier this season, so they turned their attention to another lottery: Friday’s $1.28 billion Mega Millions draw.

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If they win this lottery, so will their fans.

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The Islanders announced that they are partnering with Jackpocket, a third-party app that allows users to order state lottery tickets to purchase $50,000 worth of Mega Millions tickets for the draw. If any of the 25,000 tickets win a major prize, or if the total winnings exceed $250,000, the net winnings will be split between full-season or suite ticket holders, staff, and the Islanders Children’s Foundation.

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If the total ticket winnings are less than $250,000, the Islanders will donate the entire amount to the Islanders Children’s Fund.

According to MegaMillions.com, the odds of hitting the jackpot are approximately 1 in 303 million.

“As we prepare for our historic 50th anniversary season, we want to show our appreciation to our Islanders season ticket members and staff and give them the opportunity to be part of this major Mega Millions raffle,” said Islanders co-owner John Ledecky. . Ledecky’s group acquired the Islanders in 2014 for $485 million.

“Lottery ticket proceeds are for education in New York State, so no matter what happens in today’s historic draw, significant funds have been allocated to education in the state to support our fans and their families.”

This is one of the ways to unite the team and its fans.