Even though Alex Ovechkin makes $10 million US a year playing for the Washington Capitals, he can't pass up the chance to try to win the record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot.
Fresh off scoring his 500th NHL goal, a photo appeared on social media of Ovechkin buying Powerball tickets in Virginia with his father.
Ovechkin, who plans to get more tickets, says, "It was funny. Who's going to take a picture of me? It's crazy. People are crazy."
alex ovechkin, playing the powerball. elite, all-star, hall-of-fame worthy hockey players - they're just like us! pic.twitter.com/D8UFgklwvI— @paciorettys
The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million, but Ovechkin says he knows the odds are small.
He says, "If I win, I'll let you guys know."
The 30-year-old Ovechkin is in the eighth season of a $124 million, 13-year contract. The lump sum Powerball payout would be $930 million.