Capitals raffle winner donates more than $19,000 to Pittsburgh shooting victims

A Capitals season ticket holder won more than $19,000 from a 50/50 raffle sponsored by the team. But, the fan did not collect the winnings.

Instead, the winner directed the team to donate the $19,285 jackpot to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh before the Capitals’ game against the Penguins on Wednesday.

The group is organizing recovery efforts after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue that killed 11 people and injured seven others last month in Pittsburgh.

“Look, I could never write that check by myself. But it was easy. It was simple. It was the right thing to do,” the season ticket holder, who chose to stay anonymous, told The Washington Post. “I don’t want to distract from where the focus needs to be, which is helping those in need.”

The Capitals came away with a 2-1 win in the game. T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin each scored a goal for Washington.

“I hope that others will take the opportunity to help out when they can however they can in their communities,” the season ticket holder said. “There’s nothing better than Caps-Pens hockey and the rivalry is really intense, but it’s nothing compared to tragedies like this.”