You’ve won the lottery! After buying countless tickets over the years, playing a number combination based on your high school locker combination and your dog’s birthday, you finally have the last laugh. Your family loves you again, long lost friends have found their way back to your doorstep, and your boss has no more hold over you.
The amount you’ve won is substantial. Obscene, even, although your obscenities filter has taken a sudden re-adjustment. If you won less, you’d have to keep most of it yourself to take care of immediate needs; mortgage, car payments, better schools for your kids, etc. If you won more than less, you could take care of your Mom and re-pay your siblings and take some extra vacation time.
But you won – let’s not call it “too much”, because you can’t cure world hunger with it – but enough to consider the finer things in life. The FunLists staff had some immediate suggestions, some of them just for the fun of it:
- Celebrate by getting many stacks of $100 bills and throwing them up in the air and let it rain money!
- Hire a luxury limo for a road trip with friends. ( http://www.calgaryluxurylimousine.com/tours.html )
- Throw a game show party with friends and have real prizes.
- Get a case of Cristal Champagne at $700 a bottle, gather your friends, and use every bottle to shake-and-spray each other.
- Smoke a $200,000 900-year-old Mayan cigar ( http://hudsonmod.com/the-200000-cigar/ ) while listening to the $5,000,000 Wu-Tang Clan’s “The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” LP through a $1,111,000 pair of Opulence speakers ( http://www.higherfi.com/hf/opulence.htm ).
That last suggestion is getting into the ultra-fine things in life. What other kinds of ultra-fine things might there be? I’m glad you asked…
Travel into Space
Visit the International Space Station
That’s right; you can actually buy a ticket on a Russian Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft and travel to the International Space Station. You’ll fly in weightless condition just 250 miles above the Earth’s surface. And yes, it includes a return trip. The trips come up every six months and last for 10 days. You’ll have to learn how to speak Russian and be trained for spaceflight. Tickets are about $20,000,000 each.
But wait – there’s more! For a few dollars more and some extra training, you can actually perform your own space walk.
Fly around the Moon
This circumlunar flight is brought to you by the same people who take passengers to the Space Station (a U.S.-based company leasing space on Russian spacecraft). A small private spacecraft with one pilot and two passengers will fly you to the moon (and back!). You’ll be just 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Moon’s surface, fly around the rarely-seen far-side, and watch Earth rise over the lunar landscape. The first flight is scheduled for 2018. Order now – seating is limited. This one may cost you $100,000,000 or so, but they have cheaper space flight packages available as well.
Virgin Galactic is booking flights now to take passengers into space. For just $250,000 and three days training in New Mexico, you can join 5 other passengers for a two and a half hour trip into space and back. Be assured: once in space, you’ll be able to remove your seatbelts and float weightlessly about the cabin.
Fly a Fighter Jet
Short of joining the military and going through years of training, why not just buy a co-pilot’s seat for a day?
Fly Fighter Jet and MiGFlug have several packages to choose from. Choose from the Supersonic MiG-29 Fulcrum interceptor, the Aero L-39 Albatros, the Hawker Hunter fighter-bomber aircraft, and others. In some cases, you’ll be able to take the controls to fly and even perform stunt moves like loops, rolls, immelman turns. A little pre-flight training is involved, so pay attention! Flights take off from airfields throughout the world, so there may be one close to you. Some sample rates:
- Aero L-39 – Fighter flights from EUR 1,959.00 in Europe and USD 2,399.00 in the US
- MiG-29 Flight – Supersonic Flight and Acrobatics from EUR 11,500.00
- Edge of Space Flight – MiG-29 Edge of Space Flight from EUR 15,500.00
Hawker Hunter Flight – Fly the Hawker Hunter in the Swiss Alps EUR 4,900.00
Air Combat offers a slightly different experience. This U.S. company lets you choose between two high-performance aerobatic aircraft: The The SIAI Marchetti SF-260, and the Extra 300L 300hp, six cylinder, Carbon Fiber aircraft. Packages range from $700 to $2,100, some of which allow you to participate in several mock dogfights. You can even get a souvenir high definition video of your experience.
Tour the Real Titanic on the Ocean Floor
James Cameron did it, so why can’t you? For about $60,000 to $350,000 per dive, private companies will take you (or send you alone!) to the darkest depths of the ocean.
Sail to Antarctica
This one’s so cool, it’s ice cold! Packages from $9,000 to $28,000 will take you to Antarctica for 10 to 17 days. Go alone or take as many as 11 friends. Hang out with the penguins as you watch whales and seals swim by. Ogle at local icebergs. Have bragging rights to have actually walked on the most pristine continent in the world, due largely to the fact that only 1,000 to 4,000 people live there at any one time.
Book a Private Island Getaway
Musha Cay is a private island in the Bahamas that rents out at a reasonable $37,500 (and up) per day for up to 12 guests (more, for up to 24 guests), although you can certainly go it alone. For an extra fee (there’s always an extra fee, isn’t there?), you can arrange to go deep sea fishing, diving, see a personal fireworks show, and even go on a personalized treasure hunt.
Cayo Espanto is a private island in Belize. Clear blue waters, white beaches, and the world’s second largest barrier reef are just some of the local eye candy at this 5-star resort island. Activities (those pesky additional fees may apply) include fly fishing tours, scuba diving, snorkeling, birdwatching, helicopter tours, and visiting nearby ancient Mayan ruins. Rates for a villa room are a paltry $2,000 a day per person, more or less.
And there are several others to fit various ultra-fine budgets…
Stay at the Best Room in the House
The Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland offers a top floor, four-bedroom suite overlooking Lake Geneva and the Alps. The cocktail lounge accommodates up to 40 guests, and two restaurants on premise will keep you fat and happy. An open-air saltwater pool, meeting rooms, and a personal assistant are also available. $52,000 per night.
The Royal Villa at Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens, Greece gives you access to their business center, heated pools, steam rooms, marina, a private beach, butlers, chefs, and a personal pianist of all things. Foodies will love the 10 restaurants on the premises, most of which hold Five Star Diamond Awards. Services include car, yacht and jet rentals, limousine transport wherever you go, and even your choice of pillows and linens. $50,000 per night.
The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, gives you a fully equipped gym, media room, dining room, sauna, and spa. Oh, and a $700,000 jacuzzi, rotating bed, plasma screen TVs, poker table, outdoor terrace, and round-the-clock butler service. $34,000 per night.
Casa El Destino in Punta Mita, Mexico, serves up an ocean-front pool, a spa, two beach clubs, and two Jack Nicklaus golf courses. $15,000 per night covers your personal chef, estate manager, housekeepers, babysitter, and concierge at your beck and call.
Still can’t decide how to spend your lottery winnings? Why not just buy frivolous expensive stuff? There’s one of eight pair of the Spin Jean by Damien Hirst for $27,000, or the iPhone 3GS Supreme Rose by Stuart Hughes for $2,970,000. Le Burger Extravagante from NYC’s Serendipity Three goes for $295 (you can keep the diamond-encrusted solid gold toothpick when you’re done). The Dodge Tomahawk 4-wheel motorcycle, which can exceed 300 miles an hour, can be had for just $700,000. For that feather in your cap – literally – buy the feather of the extinct Hula bird from New Zealand for about $6,000.
What would you buy with your lottery winnings?