The New York Islanders could be sharing a $1.28 billion-plus Mega Millions jackpot with fans

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

If they win this lottery, their fans might too.

The islanders have announced they have partnered with Jackpocket, a third-party app that allows users to order state lottery tickets to purchase $50,000 in Mega Millions tickets for the draw. If any of the 25,000 tickets reach the grand prize, or if the total winnings exceed US$250,000, the net profit will be shared between season-wide ticket or suite holders, staff and the Islanders Children’s Foundation charity.

If the total profit from the tickets is less than $250,000, the islanders will donate the full amount to the Islanders Children’s Foundation.

According to, the probability of winning the jackpot is about 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 enter this massive Mega Millions draw,” said Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky in a statement. Ledecky’s group bought the Islanders in 2014 for an alleged $485 million.

“Proceeds from lottery tickets are earmarked for education in New York State, so no matter what happens in today’s historic draw, important funds have been generated for education in the state that support our fan base and their families.”

It’s a way of promoting unity between a team and its fans. The New York Islanders could be sharing a $1.28 billion-plus Mega Millions jackpot with fans

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