Alex Ovechkin gets caught up in Powerball fever (Photo)

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Between Alex Ovechkin’s $124 million contract with the Washington Capitals and endorsement money he’s earned throughout his hockey career, he’s set for life. A very comfortable life.

But when there’s $1.5 billion up for grabs in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, well, even well-off professional athletes like Ovechkin and Carmelo Anthony want to take their chances.

On Saturday, Jimmy Rippert of ran into the Capitals captain in a 7-11 in Virginia and captured Ovechkin and his father buying tickets and likely telling themselves, “hey, you never know!” 

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"It was funny. Who's going to take a picture of me? It's crazy. People are crazy,” Ovechkin said, via the AP. He didn’t win Saturday’s $800 million drawing, but he added he may buy a few more tickets before the next one on Wednesday. 

"But there's no chance you're going to win. But if I win I'll let you guys know.”

Should Ovechkin win and beat the 1 in 292.2 million odds, will he take the lump sum or the 29-year payout? The immediate cash payout is $930 million, which is almost $400 million more than Forbes’ valuation of the Capitals franchise. Then there are those pesky taxes to deal with. 

But we hope after Wednesday night the Capitals are playing all of their home games at Ovechkin Arena and his big, toothless grin is plastered all over the building. 

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Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!


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