The $181 million dollar current jackpot (drawing on 15Aug07) works out to about $60 million take-home, since that’s $84.6 Million Cash Value, less about 30% tax withholding (might do better, but let’s not get carried away). So I’m figuring to start with $60m in the bank.
From there, we’ll need a bigger house, since we’ll almost certainly be adding to our passel of kids*. That means a nanny, and a room for same. Then there will be the music studio for me and the art studio for VeryCoolSpouse. After that I’m looking at travel to China to bring home the aforementioned additions to our family.
The Flight Options thing looks good, but the planes are limited to just over 3000 miles cruising range. That won’t get us to China. I used frequent flyer miles once for 1st class to China, and I don’t feel it was worth it. Those “pod” things aren’t big enough for me. I’m looking for a comfortable bed for me and VeryCoolSpouse, room for all the kids and (to be hired) nanny to travel with us, as well as a spot for my (also to-be-hired) personal massage therapist to make the timezone transition easier. If I can’t get that on a budget of, say, $0.5 million, then maybe I need to wait until the jackpot is larger.
I guess $60 million just doesn’t buy what it used to.
*We currently have 8, of whom 4 are adopted from China.