Islanders Fan Wins Record-Breaking 50/50 Raffle, Donates Half to Slain NYPD Detective’s Family

A fortunate New York Islanders fan made history on Saturday by winning the largest 50/50 raffle prize in the team’s history. The winning ticket, number NN-3280295, was drawn for an astounding $152,659 shortly before the Islanders secured a 2-0 victory against the Nashville Predators at UBS Arena in Elmont. This remarkable sum was split in half, with the other portion being donated to the family of slain NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller, a devoted fan of the Long Island-based team.

Detective Diller tragically lost his life last month during a routine traffic stop in Far Rockaway, Queens, when he was shot by a career criminal. Left behind were his widow, Stephanie, and their one-year-old son, Ryan. The Islanders had previously announced that the other half of the substantial prize would go towards supporting the Diller family.

Expressing their gratitude, the team took to social media, stating, “Thank YOU, #IslesNation. With your contributions, tonight’s 50/50 is an #Isles franchise record $152,659. That means that the Diller family will take home more than $76,000.”

Saturday’s raffle prize surpassed all previous records set during this season, with the second-highest prize reaching $84,800 during an October game against the Buffalo Sabres. The lucky winner’s good fortune extended to the Islanders themselves, as they emerged victorious against the Predators for the first time since 2017. This win marked the Islanders’ fourth consecutive victory, further bolstering their chances of securing a playoff spot.

The New York Islanders regularly host 50/50 raffles at their games, both home and away, to support various charitable causes, including Tunnel to Towers and the Alzheimer’s Association. The team had previously honored Detective Diller at several games following his tragic murder. Known for his passion for the Islanders, Diller’s funeral even saw the presiding priest urging mourners to “pray for the Isles.”

Detective Diller, a three-year veteran of the NYPD, had recently purchased a home in Massapequa. He was fatally shot while approaching two individuals in a car parked at a bus stop. Both occupants were career criminals with numerous prior arrests, according to the NYPD and sources. The passenger, Guy Rivera, aged 34, shot Detective Diller just below his bulletproof vest during a scuffle. Rivera, who had 21 prior arrests, was found to have a shiv concealed in his rectum, suggesting an anticipation of returning to jail. The driver, Lindy Jones, an ex-convict, was also arrested after a second firearm was discovered in the car.

During Detective Diller’s funeral, NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban posthumously promoted him to detective, assigning him badge number 110 in honor of little Ryan’s birthday.

Author: CrimeDoor

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