A $50 million lottery is set to begin Thursday, and more than 200 players from across the NHL will take home prizes for their contributions.
According to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, the goal is to reward players who put their hard work and dedication to the game into service by participating in the lottery.
Players who do not make it into the lottery will have a chance to win $25,000, a $10,000 or an additional $5,000.
The winner will be announced Wednesday.
The winning team will receive $25 million.
The first round of the $50 billion lottery will start Thursday, with the winners announced at a ceremony at New York City’s Barclays Center.
In the second round, the winning team gets $10 million.
The third and final round of 10 million will be awarded in 2019.
There is also a $25 prize for the NHL All-Star Game.
The NHL announced that there will be a $1 million bonus for the winning player, as well as $5 million for each of the 10 million participants in each of those three rounds.
The 10 million winners are:Markstrom, Ryan Getzlaf, Evgeni Malkin, Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Joe Pavelski, Joe Namath, Patrice Bergeron, Jaromir Jagr, Pavel Bure, Patrick Roy, Evander Kane, Claude Giroux, and Jaromirovski, among others.
The NHL’s 10 million players will also receive $10 Million.
The goal is $5 billion to make the NHL the biggest, most successful league in the world.
The prize fund is expected to grow to $15 billion by 2020, and then reach $25 billion by 2021.
The next $5.5 billion will be spent on player salaries, equipment, and player development.
The league is also seeking a new league headquarters in Toronto, but no date has been set.
The lottery is the biggest ever to be held for an American sport, surpassing the $20 billion in winnings awarded to Major League Baseball’s World Series last October.
The league has faced criticism for the way it awards its prizes.
Some have called it unfair, and players, coaches, and fans have voiced their frustrations on social media.