Professional athletes take chances on Powerball

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, smiles as he is interviewed, after winning their NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. The Capitals won 7-1, with Ovechkin scoring his 500th and 501st career goals. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Even though Alex Ovechkin makes $10 million a year playing for the Washington Capitals, he can’t pass up the chance to try to win the $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.

Knicks forward, Carmelo Anthony is also trying his luck at the gigantic jackpot. If he wins, he says he would share it all.

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