If you heard about the enormous Mega Millions jackpot with a cash payout of $474 million, you probably couldn’t help but daydream about what you would do with all that money. It may sound like a lot of money, but it wouldn’t take long to spend every penny of almost a half a billion dollars with expensive taste.
Here are some ways you could spend $474 million dollars pretty quickly but enjoy your purchases to the fullest:
With your winnings, you could splurge on awesome jewelry and bling. You could buy 10 out of this world rings with $474 million. Yes, only 10, if you prefer the most expensive ring sold to date, the “Pink Graff,” a 24.78-carat diamond that sold for just over $46 million.
If you want to be a little more modest, you could fork over $25 million and get the 201-carat Chopard. Its case is encrusted with 874 diamonds, among other precious gems. Truly more of a work of art than a run-of-the-mill digital watch.
You could acquire a pretty large collection of art with your winnings. Maybe you’re already an art enthusiast – but you could finally expand from just the front of the fridge!
In addition to being inspirational or simply beautiful to have around, when you collect art, you are also being philanthropic. Gallery directors like Sarah Chaffee think of purchasing art as giving a direct grant to an artist. If you purchase from local artists or galleries, you are supporting your community as well. You could buy an awful lot of local art for $474 Million.
If you’re a fan of abstract and expressionist art styles, you could really go all out and settle for a few of the most expensive art ever sold. You could blow your entire winnings on these 3 paintings:
“No. 5, 1948” by Jackson Pollock – $159.4 million
“Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” by Gustav Klimt – $152.6 million
“The Scream” by Edvard Munch – $119.9 million
The most expensive street legal car available today is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. At just $2.4 million dollars, you could buy one for yourself and 224 of your closest friends. Or if you prefer a classic car, you can buy a 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe for almost $9 million.
Or if you’re feeling extremely generous, you could buy 21,545 Toyota Camrys!
If you want to upgrade your living style, you could buy yourself a castle. How about Dracula’s castle? The real one, in Romania, that belonged to Vlad the Impaler has 57 rooms and is for sale for $135 million dollars. And if you would like to have a more regal home, you could also buy Updown Court, in England for $116 million. With its heated marble driveway and 103 rooms, it is bigger than Buckingham Palace.
But maybe you prefer to stay close to the excitement of the city. You could splurge on East 80th Street in Manhattan. At just $90 million, there would still be enough left over to keep a chauffeured limo and a Bugatti Vevron for fun.
If you’re better suited to the West Coast, a small $41 million gives you a beautiful La Jolla estate with a view to keep you happy for the rest of your life. Imagine all the fresh seafood you could buy with the rest of your winnings.
If you go the European route with your new home, after buying Dracula’s castle and Updown Court, you will still have $200 million left over. With that, you could take 133 of your friends and family on the world’s most expensive cruise and travel for 4 months around the world.
For $1.5 Million per person, the cruise includes a private helicopter and charter to board the Silversea’s Silver Whisper where you will enjoy a luxurious Royal Suite, complete with dining rooms and verandas. The cruise trip will take you through French Polynesia, New Zealand, and Malaysia before returning back to the United States a four-night stay on a private island.
Maybe your preference is to get a better full experience and you’d rather focus on just a few amazing destinations. $15,332 per night gives you a stay in The Sultan’s Suite at the Çirağan Palace in Kempinski, Istanbul. Not only is Istanbul an intriguing place to explore, but also you’ll be displaying your excellent taste on par with that of Prince Charles, Elizabeth Hurley and Uma Thurman – all of who have stayed there.
You’ll be so close to Hong Kong, you may as well take a few months getting to know everything the modern city has to offer. The Presidential Suite at the Intercontinental would be a great pick, complete with your choice of a Phantom VI Rolls Royce, Bentley or Mercedes limo while you’re there.