What You Can Do With a $550 Million Powerball Jackpot

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Are you going to win the $550 million pot? Statistics aside, you feel almost 100% certain that you will. Now is the time to start wrapping your brain around just how much cash that is.

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To be fair, you're not getting all 550 mil—after Uncle Sam sticks his claws in your pocket, you'll only have around $368,000,000 left. Your first expense. But that still leaves you with quite a bit. Let's put it in more concrete terms.

The sheer volume of $368 million in dollar bills

  • You could fill almost eight freight train cargo containers

  • You could create a single stack 4.5 times as high as Mount Everest

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  • You could lay down a mat of bills the size of eight Vaticans.
  • It would stretch across the land mass of Monaco—twice.

  • Altogether, that cash would weigh almost as much as the maximum takeoff limit for a 747.

Now that you can imagine how gargantuan this jackpot is, let's spend it!

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You could buy this vintage missile silo in Denver. $4.5 million.


A baby tiger only costs around a grand—so pick up a thousand of those to guard your missile silo. $1 million

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You could've snatched up this entire auction catalog of extremely rare jewels for just over $82,000,000. That's enough to convince someone to live in a missile silo with you.


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This goofy flying hovercraft is only $180,000.


An armed coup d'etat against the government of Papua New Guinea was once priced out at $36 million, giving you a nice summering spot if you want a break from the Denver silo.

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Private jets are kind of passé, so here's a private chopper—a Eurocopter AS365N2, for only $2.2 mil.


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Fine, here's a 12-passenger jet too. $20 million.


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This F-1 motion simulator is only $56,670.


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Here's a brooch shaped like an octopus that's covered in diamonds, because now that you're a multi-millionaire and the Dictator of Papua New Guinea, you wear shit like this. A milli.


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You'll need a paperweight for your desk, so use this solid column of aquamarine being hugged by a naked woman made out of gold. $425,000.


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An entire 38-acre island in the Bahamas. $85 million.


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A 38-bedroom castle near Turin, Italy. OKAY. $58 million


Spare $30 million for 1,000 kilos of cocaine? You have to pass the time somehow.


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For more fun, buy 4,762 BlackBerry 8520 smartphones for $1 million.


Then blow them up with 900 kilos of plastic explosives. $30,000


After this spree, you'll still have around $46 million left over—plenty to never work a day in your life. Or play it safe and buy 1,672 pounds of gold—enough for a few thousand more Powerball tickets. Why not.

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DISCUSSION

I don't understand people who say they would take the lump sum over the 20-year annuity. What could you possibly want to buy so urgently that you need all of that money up front? I've never bought a multi-million dollar boat before, so I don't know how it works, but I would guess that people who buy one don't have that much cash on hand, and that they would get a mortgage (or whatever the boat equivalent is; again, this isn't my usual playing field) and pay it off over a long stretch. Most expensive things, I assume, can be paid for over time. So why lose a substantial chunk of your winnings just to say you have an exorbitant amount in your account?