What the Jackpot Could Mean For Halloween
Oct . 11, 2013 – Great Halloween costumes take time to plan. Despite years of skating by with swim trunks, a whistle, and a glob of sunscreen on the nose, I know a good costume when I see one, but a great costume is harder to find. They’re usually on the silver screen.
Great Halloween costumes make people double take. They leave jaws on the floor and, hopefully for creative youngsters, result in a little extra candy following “trick or treat.”
Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot can give you that level of epic disguise that you keep telling yourself you’ll reach, “One of these years.”
With a $156 million annuity – worth $89.2 million up front – you could step out the door on Halloween in a Stormtrooper costume that was actually worn on the set of Star Wars: A New Hope. Then, after stepping out the door in that costume, which sold for about $800,000 at auction, you could lead an army of Stormtroopers nearly 100,000 strong with the rest of your winnings.
If the Stormtrooper suit is a little old for your tastes, perhaps a more recent trilogy could provide some costume ideas. The newest Batman series – the Dark Knight trilogy, features awesome gadgets and tech that help Bruce Wayne be Batman.
MoneySupermarket.com took the liberty of putting a dollar sign next to all of Batman’s equipment, and while the mansion is a bit out of your price range (with a $600 million estimate) – Batman’s gadgets, vehicles and, of course, the suit can be yours for Halloween.
Batman’s suit costs just over $1 million. Cheap, right? Well… Batman’s mask itself is estimated to cost $1 million, and the special cape that allows him to disappear over the edge of a skyscraper is another $40,000. The rest of the pieces clock in between $100 and $3,000.
That would be a really, really good costume. The real Batman suit, how could it get better? Well, for just $80 million more, you can have your very own, military grade fleet of Bat vehicles. Swoop into a party in The Bat – the helicopter-like aircraft from the third film – or roll up in the Tumbler or on Batman’s motorcycle.
The Bat will put you back the most, $60,000,000, but everyone needs options, right? Just don’t ask about insurance – the $8 or $9 million left over after buying Batman’s entire arsenal might not cover it.