The 11 highest-earning bowlers of all time
Whether you are a casual bowler or part of your community's local league, it's safe to say bowling is a fun, social activity to do with friends and family.
But, for some, bowling can also bring in a pretty hefty paycheck as well.
Unlike other pro sports, however, professional bowlers usually pay for their expenses out of pocket -- but for those who place in Professional Bowlers Association tour and other major competitions, the rewards oftentimes make up for those costs.
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According to Britannica, in 1964 iconic bowler Don Carter was the first athlete to earn a $1 million contract in any professional sport. The bowler, known for his mastery of the right-handed backswing, signed the endorsement deal with bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite International. He eventually retired in 1972 and in 1975 was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame as a charter member.
Since Cater, bowlers around the world have gone on to make impressive feats in the sport and earn millions.
Take a look at the richest bowlers in the slideshow below: