If they didn't win the National League Draft lottery in May, the New York Islanders will bounce back by trying to win the Mega Millions lottery jackpot on Friday.
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The jackpot, worth $1.28 billion, is the second biggest prize in the history of this lottery.
To achieve its ends, the formation of the National League paid $ 50,000, as part of their 50th anniversary, and thus procured 25,000 tickets.
"As we prepare to celebrate a historic 50th anniversary, we want to show our appreciation to our season ticket holders and staff by offering them a chance to participate in this huge 'Mega Millions' lottery." said team co-owner Jon Ledecky in a statement.
In the event of a win, all proceeds will be donated to season ticket holders, suite holders, team staff and the Islanders Children's Foundation. If the Big Apple squad wins less than $250,000, however, all of the money will be donated to the Foundation.
“Revenue generated from ticket purchases will be dedicated to education in New York State, so regardless of the outcome of this historic raffle, significant funds will be directed towards education,” added Ledecky.
The draw was to take place at 11 p.m. Friday night.