DraftKings is offering some of the biggest prizes in daily fantasy sports, handing out seven-digit paydays to winners in NBA, MLB, PGA and NFL. And with the NFL season on the horizon and a $10 million Millionaire Maker event already announced, DraftKings is taking things a step further by incentivizing season-long players to join in the action for a shot at an additional million dollars.
$1M split amongst league mates
The DFS site has partnered with ESPN and will pay out the $1 million prize to the best-scoring Week 1 Millionaire Maker entrant who is also part of an ESPN league. The winning player will receive $100,000, while the other $900,000 will be split up amongst the members of his ESPN league.
So how does it work, and how do you make sure you’re in on this potential payday for your friends and family who play on ESPN with you?
According to the DraftKings rules for the event, eligible players are those who register for an ESPN Fantasy Football League Manager league by September 13th at 1 PM Eastern. League Manager is a specific type of league on ESPN, which is different from a Custom League, Standard League, or a Prize-Eligible League.
So if you and your friends, co-workers or family are in a League Manager league specifically, you are all eligible for this additional prize.
If you are in more than one League Manager league on ESPN, all of your league mates across the board may find their way into a payday on DraftKings. According to the rules, the $900,000 is split among all members of all League Manager leagues the high finisher is in on ESPN. Every person can only win one share (so if you and a friend are in several leagues together, that friend only gets one slice of the $900 grand), but everyone in one of these leagues is eligible.
So if you are in ten League Manager leagues with 90 different people, every one of them could be in for a surprise payout if you finish well in the Millionaire Maker. All of those people will need to sign up for DraftKings accounts to get their payout, but according to the DFS site, they will not need to play through the cash after the award is handed out. It will be eligible for withdraw pending a verification of identity.
However, that doesn’t mean you can jump into leagues with the eventual winner after the fact. DraftKings and ESPN will track changes that happen after the aforementioned 1 PM deadline on the 13th of September, so you won’t be able to add a manager or change out someone to get a friend in on your winning prize.
The deadline will also be important for anyone whose personal information does not match on DraftKings and ESPN. You will want to make sure that your e-mail address and other contact information line up across sites so that DraftKings can know you’re the same person who finished well in the Milly Maker and earned this additional prize. If you’re interested in participating in this promotion, dust off your ESPN profile and make sure they have your current e-mail address and other details you’ve provided to DraftKings.
This is a great promotion that could really benefit some lucky friends and family of the eventual high scorer, who himself will be taking home a nice chunk of change. Just make sure that your ESPN profile is up to date, and join an ESPN league with the best DFS players you know!