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Lucky New York Islanders fan wins record-setting raffle dedicated to slain NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller

On Saturday, a lucky New York Islanders fan took home the biggest 50-50 lottery ticket in team history. Half of the money was donated to the family of slain NYPD detective Jonathan Diller, a huge fan of the Long Island-based team.

Ticket number NN-3280295 was drawn for the record $152,659 prize just before the Isles defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 on home soil at UBS Arena in Elmont.

The team announced earlier this week that the other half of the large purse would be donated to Diller’s widow, Stephanie, and their 1-year-old son, Ryan, who were left behind when a career criminal shot and killed a detective last month. Ta. During a routine traffic stop in Far Rockaway, Queens.

NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in Queens last month. AP

“thank you, #IslesNation.Thanks to your contribution, tonight’s 50/50 #Isles The franchise record is $152,659. That means the Diller family will get more than $76,000. ” The team spoke at X.

Saturday’s prize pot soared beyond any previous raffle this season, with the second-highest prize cap for an October game against the Buffalo Sabres, at $84,800.

The winner’s luck extended to the New York team, as the Islanders earned their first win against the Predators since 2017.

With this win, the Islanders have won four in a row, further increasing their chances of making the playoffs.

The team hosts 50/50 raffles at nearly every game, home and away, to benefit charities ranging from the Tunnel to the Towers to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Half of the record-breaking prize money will be donated to Diller’s wife Stephanie and 1-year-old son Ryan. Daniel S. Krieger/SplashNews.com

The Isles have honored Diller in several games since his tragic killing.

Mr. Diller, who bought a house in Massapequa, was an avid Islanders fan, and the priest who presided over the funeral even implored mourners to “pray for the Islanders.”

Diller, a three-year veteran of the department, was killed when he approached two men in a parked car at a bus stop, NYPD officials said. Both are career criminals with dozens of prior arrests.

The Islanders defeated the Nashville Predators, winning 2-0. Getty Images

In the ensuing scuffle, passenger Guy Rivera, 34, fatally shot the officer just below his bulletproof vest, police and officials said.

Rivera has been arrested 21 times and was found to have a shiv in his rectum at the time of the shooting, apparently expecting to be sent to prison again.

Lindy Jones, an ex-convict who was behind the wheel during the shooting, was also arrested after a second gun was found in the car.

NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban promoted Diller to the rank of detective at his funeral Saturday and gave him badge number 110, a nod to little Ryan’s birthday.