One-point-five billion dollars. Billion, with a "b." In numerical form, that's $1,500,000,000. That's the current jackpot amount for Wednesday's Powerball drawing, which will be the largest in U.S. history (surpassing Saturday's drawing, which was itself the largest at $900 million). You could do a whole lot of things with that amount of money ... like, for example, going on a sports shopping spree for the ages. What, specifically, could you buy with $1.5 billion? Check out our shopping list, which includes a little bit of everything for the sports-loving Powerball winner.
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Kansas City Royals: $700 million
The World Series champs can be yours! Well, kind of. They aren't technically for sale, but according to Forbes, the Royals -- who beat the Mets in the World Series in November for their first title since 1985 -- are worth $700 million as a franchise. Granted, they aren't the Yankees in terms of recognition or marketable value, but you don't want to spend your whole pile of cash in one place, do you?
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Build your own arena: $400 million
Sure, you could buy an NHL team or possibly an NBA team with the remainder of your money, but why not see if you can lure both to your own backyard by building a sparkling new arena? Based on estimates in Las Vegas and Seattle, cities that are trying to attract NHL and/or NBA tenants, the cost of a new arena is in the $400 million range. And hey, maybe you can get local taxpayers to chip in; it certainly works for the NFL.
Entire club level at Levi's Stadium for Super Bowl 50: $90 million
No, of course you don't NEED to purchase all 9,000 club-level seats. But you're filthy rich now, so spoil yourself (and your 8,999 closest family members and friends) by kicking back and enjoying our nation's most celebrated sporting event in catered, luxurious style. Bonus: You could finally lay claim having to the greatest Super Bowl party of all time -- and almost definitely the most expensive at an average price of about $10,000 per ticket.
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Operate the nation's biggest athletic department for a year: $154 million
After your big-ticket purchases, you've still got enough left in the bank to run with the big dogs in the costly world of college athletics. Specifically, you can take the reins at Texas, which has the nation's biggest athletic department in terms of expenses at just over $154 million last year, according to USA Today's database. In case you're wondering, the Texas athletic department also brought in $161 million and thus was entirely self-sufficient, but the university would probably be happy to let you foot the bill.
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Donald Trump's Boeing 757: $100 million
Tending to all your newfound sports responsibilities will require plenty of travel, and you don't need to settle for anything less than the best. Financesonline.com ranks Trump's Boeing 757 as the sixth-most expensive aircraft in the world, and it has a rich sports lineage with Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen enjoying it before Trump. We're sure you'll love the gold-plated seatbelts, sinks and faucets.
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LeBron James for a year: $24.2 million
You're gonna need to draw fans to that new arena you've built, and what better way to do it than by signing one of the world's most recognizable superstars? Ignoring the Cavaliers' Larry Bird exception, LeBron's stated desire to stay in Cleveland and reality in general, we can at least pretend that matching his $24.2 million salary might be enough to persuade him to take his talents to Your Town, USA. And the best thing about signing LeBron is that, even if you don't add any other players, he's already shown that he can take a team to the NBA Finals with basically no supporting cast.
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Operate a NASCAR team for a year: $24 million
If you've fantasized about being the next Ricky Bobby from "Talladega Nights," this is the expense for you. But operating a NASCAR team ain't cheap -- from a car to a driver to a trailer to engines to a maintenance crew, it's been estimated that the total cost for a season on the Sprint Cup circuit costs from $21 million to $24 million. Then again, when you take that first checkered flag, it'll all be worth it ...
Build your own golf course: $4 million
No tee times, no backups on the 10th tee, no weird pin placements: These frustrations will all be a thing of the past once you have your own customized course right in your own backyard (perhaps literally, if you have enough land). According to the USGA, the average 18-hole course costs about $4 million to build -- a small price to pay for the ultimate convenience, especially when you've got $1.4 billion worth of lottery winnings to play with.
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Run in the Indy 500: $1 million
OK, so you're already operating a NASCAR team, but there's still something special about the Indy 500, which will celebrate its 100th running this Memorial Day weekend. As is the case with the NASCAR team, there are a lot of expenses to be considered, including the race entry fee and a car for the month, but there's nothing in sports quite like "The 500."