What could you buy with a $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot?


A billion dollars is a lot of money – perhaps that’s the understatement of the year. It’s such a lot of money that most of us would have a difficult time even imagining what a stack of bills that equal $1 billion would look like.

With the Powerball lottery jackpot sitting at a cool $1.5 billion, there’s a chance – a real long-shot of a chance, but a chance, nonetheless – that someone could get their hands on a billion dollars.

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Note we said hands on, not around, because that would take some doing. Here are a few visuals for those among us who can’t imagine what a billion bucks would actually look like.

A few ways to wrap your head around $1 BILLION

In height

Take one billion $1 dollar bills and put them in a stack (we’ll wait) after about 30 years of stacking,  your pile would measure 358,510 feet or 67.9 miles high.


In area

One billion $1 bills would cover a 4-square mile area, or the equivalent  of 2,555 acres.

In length

If you laid the  $1 bills end to end, the trail would measure 96,900 miles.

In weight

One billion $1 bills would weigh around 10 tons. If you want your winnings in quarters, it will weigh 22,680 tons. If you took the quarters and put them into quart jars,  you’d have 4,353,379.17 of  them. Melt those quarters down, and the molten metal would equal 3,419,136 quarts – that would fill an Olympic size swimming pool one-and-a-half times.

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How fast can you go through that money?

If you were really dedicated, and could spend $20 per second, you could spend  $1 billion dollars in 578 days (1 year, 214 days). You’re gonna need some caffeine, but you can afford it, so go for it.

Looking at gross domestic production around the globe, where would you sit?

If you won the $1.5 billion jackpot, before taking a lump sum or paying taxes – using that $1.5 billion figure as a measure of your wealth – you would have more money than a slew of countries can produce in a year (in gross domestic products).

Who you would be ahead of:

Antigua and Barbuda – $1,220,976,011

Comoros — in Sub-Saharan Africa — $623,751,050


Dominica – in the Caribbean — $524,074,074

Tonga — in the South Pacific — $434,380,117

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Who wants to save to become a billionaire?

Ok, you don’t win the lottery and decide to get the money the old-fashion way – you are going to save it. How long would it take for you to become a billionaire?  Start saving now, because if you could save $100 a day, it would take you 10 million days to save up 1 billion dollars. That’s 27,387.26 years.

What can you buy with $1 billion?


Here’s the fun part, spending the money. Here’s a list of things you could pick up with a billion dollars:

6.7  F35A fighters jets – If you are in the market for an air force, you can take your winnings and get a few of the newest jets in the U.S. arsenal of weapons.

1 National Football League team — The NFL’s 32 teams are worth, on average, $1.17 billion each.

‘A little work’ done —  The cost of liposuction ranges from $2,000 to$3,500 per treatment region, not including the cost of anesthesia and other fees. Just going on the high end cost of liposuction, you could get the butt, tummy,  upper arms and thighs done for every person in the stadium at Monday night’s College Football Playoff Championship game — 71,428 people.

That doggy in the (big) window —  If you are a dog lover, you’d be set for some serious fur. ​A Tibetan Mastiff puppy reportedly sold for almost $2 million in China last year, making it likely the priciest dog ever purchased. With $1 billion, you could have 500,000 of the 160-pound dogs that resemble a lion.


A private island – The South Pacific island of Motu Moie in the Society Islands of French Polynesia features 26 acres of lush, tropical, I-own-this-you-don’t real estate. It’s 90 miles from Papeete and 15 miles from Bora Bora – just close enough to be annoyed by your neighbors. It’s yours for $9.5 million. If you could string together 105 more, you’d just about have enough with your billion dollar winnings  to buy them.

The drawing for the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot will be held Wednesday.

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