Say what you will about the futility of playing the lottery, but I bet there isn’t a person who wouldn’t start dreaming about the life they’ll live — and the mansion they’ll buy — when they hear the Mega Millions jackpot has risen to $1,337 billion.
This is the third largest windfall in history!
And while Tuesday night’s drawing (for $810 million) didn’t produce a big winner, Friday night’s drawing did. On Saturday, the Illinois State Lottery announced that a customer at a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois, matched all six numbers (the lucky winner’s name has not yet been released).
Stories like these can make even the most skeptical and thoughtful among us have bouts of fantasizing about how different life would be if that winning ticket landed our way. Example: When my husband catches me buying lottery tickets, he first shakes his head and reminds me that my odds are about 1 in 303 million.
He then sits down with me and starts looking at fancy beach houses in Malibu, penthouses in Manhattan, and other luxury spots that could be ours just in case we beat the odds and win.
Confess. You fell down that rabbit hole yourself, didn’t you?
And in case you want to dream about the next one the lottery and what you could buy if you won, check out one or these $100+ million mansions below. Go ahead and take a look. Mega Millions tickets are $2 each, but it’s free to dream!
High-tech titanium: Talk to Silicon Valley bigwigs in Green Gables, described as “one of America’s greatest estates.” There’s plenty of room for family, friends and a host of lovers who will no doubt grow attached to you as it boasts an impressive 34 bedrooms and 26 bathrooms.
It also sits on 75.04 acres in prestigious Woodside, where business billionaires like Steve Jobs, Charles R. Schwaband Larry Ellison everyone called home.
High roller: Casino tycoon Steve Wynn bought this a gorgeous Beverly Hills mansion from the co-founder of Guess Maurice Marcianothen fixed it up to compete with its most luxurious resorts and put it up for sale much improved.
He added 8,000 square feet of living space to the estate, which now measures 27,150 square feet and has 11 bedrooms and 14.5 bathrooms. It sits atop a 2.69-acre hill and offers sweeping views of all of Los Angeles
See: Nevada’s Most Expensive Home: Lake Tahoe’s $64 Million Castle On The Hill
I’ll take the Manhattan: Comparatively speaking, $135 million won’t get you a lot of square footage, but it will buy you a house in the clouds at one of the world’s most prestigious addresses in Central Park, some 1,396 feet above the masses.
This minimalist, Hiroshi Sugimoto– The designed penthouse, known as the Floating Inner Garden, comprises an entire floor of 8,055 square feet with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, as well as two adjoining apartments. It has unobstructed helicopter views in all directions, high ceilings and not one but two private elevators.
Mega in Miami: This Golden Beach complex has 250 linear feet of ocean frontage on 1.5 acres in one of Miami’s most luxurious enclaves.
Although it has five ocean-view bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, and a 58-foot pool and a grand veranda, it’s a bit of a fix top. After all, this is the first time the property has been on the market in 40 years, so it’s just waiting for some lucky lottery winner to scoop it up and add a modern vibe to the neighborhood.
Height of the Rocky Mountains: This landmark residence, one of five single-family homes on Aspen Mountain, features 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms in 14,154 square feet of living space.
It is private, nestled in an aspen grove, and has a modern, ultra-luxurious interior that goes well beyond the log cabin. It is definitely one of a kind.