With no winner in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, the jackpot for Saturday's drawing will be upwards of $700 million, the largest ever in the United States. That got us to thinking: If you had $700 million to spend on an all-sports shopping spree, what would your must-have list look like -- even if not all of these things could really be purchased? (Not to mention Uncle Sam and long-lost relatives taking their cut in the real world.) The best part of this imaginary shop-til-you-drop is you'll still have a cool $1 million left over for a night out with Floyd Mayweather.
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Detroit Red Wings: $550 million
Why not start your spending with one of the most successful franchises in all of sports? The Red Wings, one of the NHL's Original Six, have 11 Stanley Cups, six Presidents' Trophies, 74 Hall of Famers and a remarkable 24 consecutive playoff appearances to their name. They also will be moving from the historic Joe Louis Arena to a state-of-the-art new facility in Detroit's downtown sports and entertainment district in 2017. At an estimated value (per Forbes) of $550 million, you won't find more bang for the buck in sports (although, if you'd prefer to stay along the coasts, you could get the Kings or Penguins for a similar price).
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American Pharoah: $45 million
After becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 with a dominant year that also included a win at the Breeders' Cup Classic, American Pharoah is now a stallion with a hefty stud fee (you should be so lucky). The colt's breeding rights were sold to Ashford Stud in mid-2015 for an estimated $45 million, and his fee was set at $200,000, meaning the breeder will recoup its investment after American Pharoah has produced 225 foals. But hey, you won't have to worry about his level of production if you have $700 million to spend.
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Portland Trail Blazers payroll: $40 million
OK, so you can't actually buy an NBA team with the rest of your lottery winnings, but you can take on the payroll of one of them -- the low-spending Trail Blazers, to be specific, who owe just over $40 million to their roster this season. The Blazers aren't the Warriors, of course, but they're only two games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, and you'd get the joy of technically employing fun playmakers Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum (and Chris Kaman!). Also, if you're paying the bills, you could probably get season tickets thrown in.
AT&T Stadium naming rights (one year): $18 million
Even though it's been open for less than six years, AT&T Stadium (formerly known as Cowboys Stadium) is one of the more recognizable stadiums/arenas in sports, and perhaps the most recognizable one with a corporate sponsor. While the contract has never been made public, most estimates have AT&T paying around $18 million a year for the right to have its name attached to the stadium, which hosted the 2011 Super Bowl, the 2014 Final Four and the 2015 College Football Playoff national championship game. For that relatively low price, it'd be pretty cool to see the Cowboys (not to mention USC and Alabama in September) take the field at Your Name Here Stadium eight times in 2016.
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NASCAR sponsorship (one year): $15 million
Regardless of whether you're a NASCAR fan, you have to admit that it'd be pretty cool to have your name plastered all over one of the big-name drivers' cars throughout Sprint Cup season. And while the financial aspects of sponsorship deals aren't typically made public, most estimates say a premier car contract costs in the range of $10 million to $20 million -- a drop in the bucket for you, Mr. or Mrs. Lottery Winner, to replace Lowe's as the primary sponsor for six-time Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson.
World Cup trophy: $10 million
Every four years, the winner of the world's biggest sporting event gets to hoist one of the sporting world's most beautiful trophies: the World Cup. At about 14 inches tall and made entirely of 18-karat gold, the trophy, created in 1971 by an Italian sculptor, is intrinsically worth close to $200,000 -- and that's to say nothing of its value to the soccer-loving world, which has been estimated at over $10 million. In fact, the winning team at each World Cup gets only a replica to take home, while the original remains with FIFA. And while you might be saying, 'Well, I couldn't actually buy the World Cup,' remember that FIFA doesn't seem opposed to taking money for things that shouldn't be for sale.
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All 159 Bryant-Denny Stadium skyboxes (one year): $9.44 million
While entirely impractical, it'd be pretty cool to take over every luxury suite at Bryant-Denny Stadium, home of the best college football program in the country over the past decade. Alabama doesn't list prices for its skyboxes, which require a hefty donation, but recent reports have the 159 suites ranging from $35,000 a game to $70,000 a game, depending on the number of seats and amenities -- and that does not include the tickets themselves. Based on reported numbers of various box types, average per-box seating and an application fee of $1,000 per skybox, we peg the cost of having the entire double-deck luxury suite section to yourself for the 2016 season at a little under $10 million.
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Babe Ruth's 1920 Yankees jersey: $4.42 million
With $700 million to spend, obviously the most expensive sports memorabilia item ever sold should be on your list. This jersey, the oldest still in existence known to be worn by Babe Ruth, was donned during his 1920 season with the Yankees and sold at auction in 2012 for almost $4.5 million. It is believed to have been resold after that auction to a private collector, so you'll have to do some investigating to find this rarity.
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James Naismith's founding rules of basketball: $4.34 million
You might be running low on funds at this point, but if you're a basketball fan, this is a must-have. The sport's original rules, written by founder James Naismith on Dec. 21, 1891, and signed by Naismith in 1931, were sold at auction in 2010 for $4.34 million. There were 13 rules in all, and while many of them are now obsolete, they still have substantial historical value. The rules were bought by billionaire Kansas alum David Booth and are set to be displayed in a new facility the university is building, so be prepared for a possible a bidding war.
1909 Honus Wagner baseball card: $2.8 million
Long regarded as the most valuable baseball card ever produced, the T206 Honus Wagner is an obvious shopping-list addition. There is actually more than one of these cards still in existence, with the exact number unknown, but one of the highest-rated, most sought-after of the 1909 Wagner cards sold at auction in 2011 for $2.8 million to an anonymous buyer who turned out to be Diamondbacks part-owner Ken Kendrick. The good news is that, if Kendrick isn't interested in selling, you can probably find one of the lower-rated Wagner cards for just a few hundred grand.