The Powerball jackpot has climbed to a record $800 million, with the next drawing happening on Saturday night. We have a good feeling about this one for you. You're due. You got this. The real question is, once you have that $800 million (really $496 million before taxes if you select the cash option) what are you going to buy with all of it? Don't worry—we'll get the brainstorming started.
Dubai's Twisting Tower
The most expensive buildings in Dubai are still out of your price range, unfortunately (better start buying more Powerball tickets) but the Cayan Tower, also known as the Twisting Tower, was completed in 2013 and cost only $272 million to build, so we're guessing you could probably get your hands on this one—or, at least, most of it—if you really wanted to. But don't put all your eggs in that basket just; there are more options to consider.
Around 400 private islands
There are a fairly large number of private islands that you can buy that are in the $20-$25 million range, so why limit yourself? Just buy up a whole mess of islands and try them all out and see which one you like the best.
Rhode Island is not officially for sale, but everything has its price. If you go to the U.S. government and offer to give them a few hundred million for the state of Rhode Island, it's pretty hard to imagine them saying no.
Every For Sale apartment in 432 Park Avenue
New York City's 432 Park Avenue is the tallest residential building in the world and among the most expensive. You could buy every condo that is currently for sale in the building and still have a few hundred million dollars left over for furniture.
Not this ranch in Texas
Sorry. We know you had your heart set on an 510,527-acre cattle ranch in Texas, but the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch in Texas is asking $725 million and after taxes there is just no way you're going to be able to afford it. Guess you'll just have to settle for the 400 private islands.