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Alex Ovechkin buys tickets for Powerball jackpot

Alex Ovechkin is not immune to the Powerball fever that has swept the United States. Even though he makes $10 million US a year, the Washington Capitals star was spotted buying tickets for a chance at the record $1.5 billion jackpot.

NHL star has $124-million US contract

Alex Ovechkin is in the eighth season of a 13-year, $124-million US deal with the Washington Capitals. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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."

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.

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