Big Lotto Jackpots
The 13th Powerball Rollover draw taking place on the 11th February is boasting a jackpot of over $300 million US Dollars. As the jackpot grows our thoughts turn to what a $310 million prize would buy you in the world today.
It is nearly 6 years to the day that one lucky Powerball lottery ticket took home the current Powerball Lottery jackpot record of $365 millions USD. The ticket, bought by eight co-workers from a Nebraska meat-processing plant, is currently the world’s biggest lottery prize from ONE ticket. Will the current Powerball lottery jackpot run beat this record?
As the Powerball jackpot races up to this record high we are left to ponder what playing and winning the American Powerball lottery jackpot will get you.
We opted for a dream yacht and a lifetime of cruising around the world...
A Yacht Fit For A Powerball Jackpot Winner
Regular readers of the PlayHugeLottos.com News items will be familiar with “Eclipse”, the magical yacht fit for any lotto winner and owned by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich. Well today we are going to look at another Russian billionaire’s yacht. The very sparsely titled “A” owned by 39 year old Andrey Melnichenko.
For those wondering about the unusual name of the yacht, Andrey and his supermodel wife, Aleksandra Nikolic, named the yacht “A” because both of their names begin with the letter “A”.
Features Of A $300 Million Yacht
Melnichenko, who made his multi-billion Dollar fortune from his energy, banking, and fertilizer businesses, launched “A” in 2008 at a cost of $300 million USD (just below the current Powerball jackpot prize).
Not only does it sport a clever and simple name, the yacht has many other features that any Powerball winner would be proud of:
- 390 foot long (24,000 square feet of total living space on board) with an interior design described as “Manhattan loft” meets “Las Vegas casinos”
- Giant master bedroom suite with rotating king-size bed for maximum scenery viewing
- A top speed of 24 knots to help live life in the fast lane
- 3 swimming pools, 2 hot tubs and a sauna to help keep you cool or get you hot
- A movie theatre in case the sea views are getting boring
- A massage room to help you relax even more
- A helipad for emergency helicopter take offs and landings
- 3 motorboats and a secret escape hatch just in case you get that sinking feeling
- Bombproof windows, 44 security cameras and finger print scanners on every door for absolute security
- 35 crew members to ensure that every guest is comfortable and that everything runs smoothly
It Ain’t Cheap Being Rich
Costs are pricey to keep this ship afloat with a years worth of operating costs coming in at around $20 million USD. The cost of simply filling the fuel tank is at least $500 thousand USD.
As a $310 million Powerball winner you therefore might still struggle to make ends meet living aboard the “A”.
But let’s be realistic, with a $310 million Powerball jackpot win in your back pocket, there is not much that you couldn’t afford to purchase especially if you coupled your massive win with some creative and productive investing before setting out to buy your dreams.
Good luck to all our lottery players when playing the $310,000,000 Powerball jackpot this Saturday the 11th February.
Posted by Dumisani (10/02/2012)
Got a feeling it might be heading to South Africa.
Posted by Juan (10/02/2012)
That is INSANE! Amazing yacht. It leave's one wondering what life aboard must really be like. Do you think they live on board permanently?
Posted by Krishnan (10/02/2012)
First wishing all participants success though only one is destined to win the major Jackport.
A brief reminiscence into the lottery history!
I have been playing lottery for a very long period, starting from 1962. When lotteries were drawn manually, I had won on many occasions, the second, third, fourth and last prizes and on a few occasions even the first prize. However the luck changed when machines with “Ping-Pong balls” started drawing the lotteries.
In India West Bengal was the first state to allow “WB Charities” to run lottery some time from the beginning of 1950s. Later I remember Kerala State started its own lottery ( running even now). In 1964 the Madras State ( Now Tamil Nadu) Lottery started its own lottery. It became so popular one had to go to the government treasury to buy those lottery tickets with authority letters! Later many other states joined the fray. However when the Governments ( Central and State) allowed even private lotteries and later Governments contracted private organizations to run the Government lotteries. frauds and riggings started controlling the conduct of lotteries ( especially the single digit lotteries- similar to all the lotteries of today). As a consequence in India most of the states abolished lotteries. Today only the states, Karnataka, Manipur, Sikkim and Kerala run lotteries. Kerala alone is run directly by the Government while the other lotteries are contracted to one single organization ( the Playwin). Playwin, like UK National Lottery runs a website which allows online purchase of lottery tickets for all the three lotteries it conducts for the three states. Usually in the lotteries organized by Playwin, the Jackpots are carried over for even 50 to 60 weeks!
It will not be an exaggeration that one is more likely to be hit on the head by a meteorite than to win the lottery. Assuming that the lottery is conducted honestly, the odds are roughly one in several hundred million. Even with the odds and claims of honest conduct of lotteries, lottery commissions/governments are not satisfied, because often the lottery is rigged.
The giant multi-state and individual state lotteries are more fixed than professional wrestling. The jackpots go up and up, with no winners. People get lottery fever. Millions nationwide are willing to queue up and wait to buy lottery tickets hoping to strike it rich. The rigging wherever it is employed, it works like this: super computers keep track of each combination sold, and then some Ping-Pong balls are weighted so as to assure that a losing combination comes up and no winner found!. And thus the jackpots go up and up and the mania to purchase also grows multifold. On rare occasions, all possible combinations are sold, and then someone has to win.
If you all notice only in UK Lotteries there are very few occasions of carry overs and also when jackpots are won, many a times there are more than one winning ticket while in the US/Italian lotteries the carryovers are limitless and huge jackpots are won by single tickets on most of the occasions. It is good to note that the Euromillions have decided to cap the carryover of jackpot to 190 millions. This way when the jackpot is not hit after the cap-limit, it may be shared among more people as chances are great for 5 plus one star winners.
Hope many of you have heard about the the 1980 Pennsylvania Lottery scandal, colloquially known as the Triple Six Fix. was a plot to rig the Daily Number, a three digit game the Pennsylvania Lottery offers. All of the balls except 4 and 6 were weighted, ensuring that the drawing was a combination of only 4s and 6s. The scheme was successful in that, 666 an expected result, was drawn on April 24, 1980; however, the unusual betting patterns alerted authorities . The chief conspirators were caught and punished, and most of the fraudulently acquired winnings were never paid out.
I am not pinpointing to any of the present lotteries, lest why should I be playing. I just thought I will share my experience and findings.
Posted by David (10/02/2012)
I'm a fan of luxury yachts, but this is ridiculous!!! Imagine having to shell out half a million just to fill the tank. Icertainly hope you can get accross the Atlantic on one tank.
Posted by Rajesh.r (12/02/2012)
Iam no happy but iam no millaniare.
Posted by Ahmad (12/02/2012)
NO Comment , i need money :)
Posted by Toader (13/02/2012)
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