Have you ever wondered what you could buy if you won the Mega Millions jackpot? With average winnings during 2018 running at $641 million (as of October 2018), the answer is a lot. Let’s take a look at some of the previous Mega Millions jackpot winners and see what you could have bought if you were the winner.
ABC XYZ Trust, Ohio - $142 Million
Sure, ABC XYZ Trust is a cryptic name for a Mega Millions winner, but when you win so much money anonymity is essential.
What could you buy with $142 Million?
The Bugatti Veyron was the most exclusive car available from 2003 until its successor, the Chiron, arrived on the scene. Over the years, millionaires and billionaire demanded evermore exclusive versions of the vehicle until middle-eastern clients demanded that the company produce a gold-plated version. The car retailed for more than $10 million, meaning that you could buy 14 with this particular jackpot.
Secret 007, LLC, Florida - $451 Million
Secret 007 is a lucky person, having bagged an enormous jackpot of $451 million. He or she will never have to work again.
So what could you buy with $451 million? Let's put it into some perspective.
- 225.5 million McDonald's Happy Meals
- 2255 average-priced American homes
- 9595 Tesla Model 3 sedans
- 90 million gallons of gasoline (enough to drive to Mars and back)
You could also buy all of the top 25 most expensive photographs ever made, including Richard Prince’s Spiritual America, sold in 1981 for more than $3.9 million.
Richard Wahl, New Jersey - $533 Million
The value of Mega Millions prizes sometimes become so high that it’s hard to describe them in terms of regular things that people buy. You have to start thinking out of the box. When Richard Wahl won more than $533 million in prizes, the same thing must have run through his head: how am I ever going to spend all this money?
The most expensive films ever made cost less than Wahl’s jackpot winnings. The Dark Knight, Spectre, Captain America: Civil War, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, all cost around $230 million to make, or about half of Wahl's haul. One of the most expensive films ever made, Avengers: Age of Ultron, cost just $365 million, meaning that if Wahl had financed the film himself, he would still have more than $168 million left over (let alone any return he would have made on the film).
Secret Winner, South Carolina - $1,537 Billion
This year, Mega Millions produced the biggest winner in history, scooping a jackpot of more than $1,5 billion, making whoever it was a billionaire overnight.
What can more than a billion dollars buy you today?
- A Private Island. You can buy islands in Hawaii for up to $100 million.
- An NBA Team. The New York Pelicans are cheap as far as NBA teams go, available for less than a billion dollars.
- A Ferrari 1963 GTO. The most expensive car in the world, the 1963 GTO will hardly set you back at all, costing just $70 million.
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