Half a Billion Dollars? Yes Please

The Mega Millions jackpot has taken the world by storm.  #IfIWonTheMegaMillions is trending on twitter, random strangers on the subway promising each other $1 million is they win… it’s got the U.S. in a frenzy.  It is pretty amazing that someone is going to win $500 million dollars tomorrow – unless no one wins again, then it will be amazing that someone is going to will close to $1 billion dollars on the next drawing.

If my $10 investment miraculously turns into $500 million dollars, here’s what I do…

1) Buy an emperor penguin

Such a cool animal.  I would create a cold habitat for it with some land and water like they have at the zoo.

2. Buy houses in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Paris, Bermuda, Sydney, Aruba, Aspen, Tucson (cheap and great golf) and Nice.

Look at those paradises.  I would consider my life a success if I owned a place in one of those places, even Tucson, but think about the possibilities with $500 million.  In the Caribbean locations, I would definitely need an infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

3.  Purchase a campground and pay all of my favorite music acts to come and play.  It would be a me-themed festival.  Think about how awesome it would be to have all of your favorite acts in one place regardless of genre, age or popularity.

4.  Even though I would be in millions of dollars of debt at this point, I wouldn’t stop there.  I would buy the New York Mets.  My favorite baseball team deserves an owner who isn’t an irresponsible ego-maniac.  I know I sound pretty irresponsible with the way I would spend my winnings so far, but when it comes to the Mets, I would be frugal, disciplined and focused.  1986 was a long time ago and we need some playoff baseball in Queens again.

That should be enough to keep my busy.  Running the Mets and organizing music festivals of all my favorite artists to play for me while vacationing in my lavish homes, with my penguin of course. Hey, you never know.



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