March 14, 2014 – If ever there was a time to be feeling lucky it’s this weekend, during the few days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone is Irish on March 17, but Mega Millions players everywhere are probably hoping the luck o’ the Irish can come a few days early now that the Mega Millions jackpot has reached $353 million.
With a cash value of $194 million, tonight’s jackpot could fund any winner’s ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Everyone loves dreaming about winning the jackpot, and since Paddy’s day is right around the corner, let’s take a look at what that Mega Millions pot o’ gold could get you.
1. Head to the Center of St. Patrick’s Day tradition
Dublin, Ireland is a mecca for St. Patrick’s Day fans everywhere, and with a cool $200 million in the bank, winning tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot could put you on a plane, Dublin-bound tomorrow.
Actually, winning tonight’s jackpot could put you and all of your friends on a plane tomorrow. With nobody else on the plane. Chartering a jet for yourself and 10 friends will only cost between $300,000 and $600,000 for a flight from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Dublin, a very affordable private, trans-Atlantic flight to Ireland’s capital.
That’s less than one-third of 1 percent of tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot cash value – a drop in the bucket that those 10 friends you choose to bring with you will very much appreciate.
Got more than 10 friends you want to bring along? No problem, chartered jets seem to be pretty easy to come by, at least for the super rich (like you, you big winner!). Check out www.privatejetcharter.com, their “quick quote” tool is perfect for jackpot dreamers.
2. Get Your Very Own Pot of Gold
OK, technically this isn’t spending your Mega Millions jackpot. But they do say to invest your winnings, and what better way to do so than investing in gold. Lots of gold.
The price of gold is hovering around $1,400 right now. If you changed the $194 million cash option for 1-ounce gold coins, you’d have more than 138,000 gold bars to cart around.
With a couple hundred dollars you could buy an iron cauldron and a brand-new, three-piece green suit to complete the perfect leprechaun costume for St. Patrick’s Day – you may even be asked to lead the parade!
3. Get Yourself a Money Suit
Everybody wears green on St. Patrick’s Day, but only the bravest wear the real green stuff. A Mega Millions jackpot win tonight would make it easy enough to take a bag full of cash to your tailor (or seamstress) to make the most stylish clothing out of money.
The average amount of fabric needed to make a dress can range greatly, but it’s safe to say a dress could be made with four yards of fabric – the same amount needed for the average suit.
So how much is four yards in hundred-dollar bills?
At a little more than 6 inches long and two-and-a-half inches wide, you’ll need about 99 of your $100 bills to make a yard of Benjamin Franklin-dotted fabric. That’s $9,900 per yard and just under $40,000 for the four yards you’ll be giving to your tailor.
Plus, of course, whatever said tailor will charge to stitch together hundreds of $100 bills. It’s a solid plan sure to make you the life of any St. Patrick’s Day party.
4. Keep up Traditions
Coconut farms aren’t exactly a part of the Irish agricultural industry, but who can be blamed for enjoying the cinnamon-sugar coated coconut morsels that are known as Irish potatoes?
Certainly nobody will hold it against you if you decide to drop $194 million on what would likely be the entire world’s supply of the treats.
Each box of Oh Ryan’s Irish Potatoes – a top brand in the fake potato game – contains 15 candies and costs $6. With $194 million, you could afford more than 32 million boxes containing some 485 million Irish potatoes.
That’s a lot of coconut.
Livestock will quiver in fear thinking of how much corned beef you could afford with tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot, too. A 12-ounce can of the salt-cured beef goes for about $5 at Wal-Mart, which means that tonight’s jackpot could fetch you about 39 million cans.
At 12 ounces per can and 16 ounces per pound, those 39 million cans would weigh out to about 29 million pounds of corned beef. In 2013, more than 43 million pounds of beef was “harvested”, which means your $194 million cash jackpot could buy a full two-thirds of the entire U.S. livestock supply.
5. Stay Lucky Forever
What’s the most common advice lottery winners get? “Invest wisely.” This may not fall under the “wisely” category for everyone, but for the superstitious, $194 million could go a long way in ensuring continued luck.
You could invest your jackpot prize in a search party for every four-leaf clover out there. It may sound silly, but what if they really do bring good luck. And what if you had thousands of the lucky anomalies?
It’s estimated that there is just one four-leaf clover for every 10,000 regular, three-leaved clovers, so the odds of finding one are tough. Unfortunately for the jackpot winner hiring a search party, the good luck charms are, according to their myth, luckiest if found accidentally.
Whatever your daydreams might be, remember that everybody’s got a shot at tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot, just remember to pick up a ticket, rub your lucky four-leaf clover, throw on your (fake) money suit and cross your fingers – the luck of the Irish could just be with you a few days early.