Say what you will about the futility of playing the lottery, but I’d wager there isn’t a person out there who doesn’t start dreaming about the life they’d lead—and the mansion they’d buy—when they heard that the Mega Millions jackpot shot up to $1.337 billion.
That’s the third largest windfall in history!
And although Tuesday night’s drawing (for $810 million) did not procure a big winner, Friday night’s drawing did. On Saturday the Illinois lottery announced that a customer at a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, IL matched all six numbers (this lucky winner’s name has not yet been released).
Such stories can convince even the most skeptical and prudent among us to bouts of fantasizing about just how different life would be if that winning ticket had come our way. Case in point: When my husband catches me buying lottery tickets, first he shakes his head and reminds me that my chances are about 1 in 303 million.
Then he sits down with me and starts scrolling through opulent beach houses in Malibu, penthouses in Manhattan, and other luxurious pads that could be ours just in case we beat those odds and won.
Admit it. You’ve fallen down that rabbit hole yourself, haven’t you?
And in case you’d like to dream on about the next lottery and what you could buy if you won, consider one or these $100 million-plus mansions below. Go ahead and take a look. Mega Millions tickets cost $2 apiece, but dreaming is free!
High-tech titan: Rub shoulders with the Silicon Valley greats in Green Gables, described as “one of America’s grandest estates.” There’s plenty of room for family, friends, and the myriad hangers-on who will doubtless start attaching themselves to you, because it has an impressive 34 bedrooms and 26 baths in
It also sits on 75.04 acres in prestigious Woodside, where business billionaires like Steve Jobs, Charles R. Schwab, and Larry Ellison have all called home.
High roller: Casino magnate Steve Wynn bought this fancy Beverly Hills mansion from Guess co-founder Maurice Marciano, then fixed it up to rival his most lavish resorts and listed it for sale much improved.
He added 8,000 square feet of living space to the estate, which now measures 27,150 square feet and boasts 11 bedrooms and 14.5 bathrooms. It sits on a 2.69-acre hilltop and features dramatic views of all of L.A.
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I’ll take Manhattan: $135 million won’t get you much square footage here, comparatively speaking, but it will buy you a home in the clouds on one of the world’s most prestigious addresses on Central Park, approximately 1,396 feet above the masses.
This minimalist, Hiroshi Sugimoto–designed penthouse known as the Floating Inner Garden encompasses an entire floor measuring 8,055 square feet, with five bedrooms and seven baths, plus two adjacent apartments. It has unobstructed helicopter views in all directions, soaring ceilings, and not one, but two private elevators.
Mega in Miami: This Golden Beach compound features 250 linear feet of ocean frontage on 1.5 acres in one of Miami’s chicest enclaves.
Even though it features five bedrooms facing the ocean, 16 bathrooms, plus a 58-foot -longswimming pool and a grand veranda, it’s a bit of a fixer-upper. 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 contemporary vibe to the neighborhood.
Rocky Mountain high: One of only five single-family homes on Aspen Mountain, this iconic residence with ski-in, ski-out access features 10 bedrooms and 12 baths in 14,154 square feet of living space.
It’s private, nestled in a grove of Aspen trees, and it has a modern, ultraluxe interior that goes far beyond log cabin. This is definitely one of a kind.