MEGA MILLIONS: Things you could buy if you hit the $660 million jackpot

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DENVER (KDVR) — The Friday, July 22 Mega Millions jackpot is estimated at $660 million, a sum of money that would dramatically change the lives of nearly any Coloradian.

This is currently the third biggest jackpot in Mega Millions history, and if no one hits it, the total is likely to increase even further before the next draw on Tuesday July 26th.

The only two largest jackpots were $1.537 billion, won in South Carolina in 2018, and $1.05 billion, won in Michigan in 2021.

While a Friday winner who took the cash payout would only receive around $388 million, it’s just less fun to dream about – so we’re going big and using the total jackpot of $660 million to compile a list of things you could buy if you won.

An entire town in the Wild West (multiple times)

Cost: $4.7 million, location: Saguache

We’ve featured this unique location on KDVR.com a few times since it first went on sale on October 16, 2021. It was bought by two brothers in 2005 for $730,033 and they spent $10.8 million developing the property in a modern old. Western town.

In addition to a general store, it also has a chapel, mini-golf, a shooting range and, of course, a saloon.

1,000 homes in the Denver metro area

Cost: $600,000 each, location: Metro Denver

We know that real estate is expensive, and recent analysis from Data Desk seems to indicate that it won’t be cheaper anytime soon despite the cooling trend in the real estate market.

The average home price in the Denver metro area is around $600,000, which means you can buy homes for everyone you know and have plenty of money left over.

Each ticket to an Avalanche Stanley Cup Final game

Cost: approx. $46 million, location: Ball Arena

We know the Avalanche have already lifted the Stanley Cup and are well underway on their journey around the world with players, but wouldn’t it be nice to plan for the future? The team has a good core of young players, despite losing some veterans in free agency.

The average ticket price for a game at the Ball Arena in the final was $2,325. With 20,000 seats in total, that means you could buy the seat for less than 10% of your total jackpot winnings. We’ve got a few Avs fans here at FOX31 who’d be happy to go with you to suggest this possibility.

The most expensive house in Colorado

Cost: $48 million (vs. $55 million in June), location: Aspen

Who could say no to 21 acres of land in Aspen? The Merry Go Ranch features an eight-bedroom main house, a separate two-bedroom house, an eight-stall barn, and a 13,000 foot gym.

We first reported this home in June when it was listed for $55 million, but Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty now lists it at just $48.5 million. In June, nine states had more expensive homes for sale.

An entire ski resort (and two other mountains)

Cost: $125 million, location: Pennsylvania

OK, this one might be cheating a bit because it’s not really in Colorado, but last winter Vail Resorts bought Seven Springs Mountain Resort in western Pennsylvania to expand its portfolio. Two other ski areas, Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain were also part of the deal.

According to our sister resort, WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio, the resort will be added to the Epic Pass for the upcoming ski season.

The most expensive car in the world

Cost: $143 million, location: unknown

According to Barron’s, a financial and investment journal published by Dow Jones and Company, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe was auctioned off to a private collector for $143 million just two months ago. The newspaper said it was the most expensive car sale of all time and one of the 10 most expensive collectibles of all time.

This car was one of two prototypes built by Mercedes-Benz and remained in the possession of the company until the sale. A statement from the luxury automaker reported by Barron’s said the proceeds from the sale would be used to fund scholarships.

One of the most expensive paintings ever sold

Cost: up to $475 million, location: various

Art is an investment, isn’t it? At the very least, if you buy one of the more expensive paintings, you’ll have a great conversation starter.

An Art In Context article published in May stated that the most expensive painting ever sold was the Salvator Mundi, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1500. The sale took place in 2016 and the painting was purchased by a Saudi prince. Paintings by Paul Gauguin, Jackson Pollock, Rembrandt and Picasso are among the 20 most expensive ever sold – each for over $150 million.

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