KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Everybody seems to be thinking about what they would do if they won the Powerball jackpot of more than $500 million.
But have they really considered how much work it would be to spend that much money?
Most people would probably start by purchasing a fancy car.
Kristopher Nielsen of Soave Automotive Group describes the 2012 Maserati Gran Turismo Cabriolet on the Aristocrat Motors showroom floor at $149,000 as the “perfect lottery winner convertible”.
But the most expensive car on the floor right now is the 2012 Merecedes Benz SLS AMG, which is “Merecedes Benz's highline supercar," according to Neilsen.
The 520 horsepower reimagining of the classic gull wing Benz is expensive.
"The SLS starts at $189,000, and this one is equipped to just over $206,000,” he said.
But that's just a drop in the bucket compared to the prize winnings.
Maybe as lottery winner you will need to get away to escape the stress of spending all that money.
A world tour on a private plane is luxurious but would only cost about $78,000.
A leisurely and luxurious cruise around the world is a little more costly.
"The cabins start at about $80,000 and go up, because you could certainly get your own suite which would be nice with butler service for a couple hundred thousand, so there's some great options." Cynthia Riggins, director of vacation travel at Acendas , explained.
The total spent would still not even be up to $1 million.
You could send a child to Sarah Lawrence College, the most expensive college in America, and four years would cost about a quarter of a million dollars.
You might get your name on a building at the Kansas City Art Institute for $5 million.
You could probably buy the Power and Light Building for less than $14 million.
But for true conspicuous consumption, maybe you have to head to the coasts.
And you'll want to do that in style, so why not in your own private jet? The Gulfstream G650 will reach nearly the speed of sound and with all the bells and whistles it will set you back about $64.5 million.
And we're still not even at $100 million.
Well, maybe you can hire someone to spend the money for you.
Of course, you could always do something worthwhile and charitable with the money.
And you will find people willing to do that for you.
For example, that private jet world tour: “A part of what you pay for the trip goes to support local businesses in those countries so if you’re feeling a little guilty about … the windfall, all the money that you got, you’re giving a little bit back by taking that trip,” Riggins said.
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