Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has made more than $85 million in his 11 seasons with the Capitals and millions more in endorsements. But that didn’t stop him from buying Powerball tickets over the weekend and he’s planning on buying more today as the jackpot climbs to more than $1.4 billion.
“Yeah, I’m going to buy some more, too,” said Ovechkin, who was caught on camera buying Powerball tickets with his father, Mikhail, on Saturday. (One night later Ovechkin scored his 500th and 501st NHL goals).
“Actually, it’s funny,” he said of the photo. “Who’s going to take a picture of me, you know? It’s crazy. People are crazy.”
Asked how many tickets he plans on buying for this week’s Powerball, Ovechkin smiled.
“I don’t know. Maybe one, maybe two," hew said. "But there’s no chance you’re going to win. But if I win I’ll let you guys know.”
Capitals teammate Brooks Laich was not surprised Ovechkin is spending his hard-earned money on a chance of becoming a billionaire.
“He’s rich, but he doesn’t have 1.2 billion dollars,” said Laich, who makes $4.5 million a year. “I bought one, too, and I’m going to buy one today, too. Heck, yeah. I’ve got house payments, man.”
Laich said he would continue working if he won the lottery.
“I’d keep playing for sure,” he said. “I’d give it to my family, give it to charity. We’re very fortunate to be compensated handsomely for what we do and if I won that money I’d try to do something positive with it.”