What Would Western New Yorkers Buy With A Billion Dollars?
If anyone of us won a million dollars, I think that’d be enough to make many of us happy. In fact, only 8% of US citizens are considered millionaires. But a BILLION dollars? That is a truly mind-blowing amount of money for the majority of Americans.
This weekend, someone with a lucky ticket could be joining the exclusive billionaires club if they win the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday night. The winning ticket would take home (well, before taxes of course ) $1.28 billion - the second-largest jackpot in Mega Million’s history and the third-largest prize in US lottery history. It’s a longshot of course, with the odds of winning the Mega Millions sitting at approximately 1 in 303 million.
We can think of a billion things to buy if you’ve won a billion dollars. You could pay off your debt, your family and friends’ debt - even the debt of strangers. You could pay off your mortgage or buy a mansion. You could buy a fleet of luxury vehicles and drive a different one every day for a year.
But here’s the tough question…
What is the FIRST thing you’d buy if you won over a BILLION dollars?
We asked Western New Yorkers who are dreaming of having that “golden ticket”: If you won a billion dollars, what would be the very FIRST thing you’d purchase? We got over a thousand responses on Facebook, proving that we’re not the only one who fantasizes about hitting that huge jackpot.
Here are some of the most common, interesting, hilarious, and genius responses from fellow Western New Yorkers.