Powerball fever has spread across the United States. The record $1.5-billion jackpot is expected to climb even higher by tonight’s drawing. Many media are focused on the nearly impossible odds of winning. So, we’re taking a more positive approach. You buy one of the world’s largest megayachts. You can build one of the world’s largest megayachts. And, you can book a months- charter on yet another of the world’s largest megayachts. And still have plenty of pocket change.
First, some financial facts. Powerball says that if you take the lump-sum cash value, you’ll receive $930 million. According to CNBC, after federal taxes, Social Security, and state and local taxes are deducted, you’re looking at about $422.2 million.
Here’s the rundown on which megayachts you can buy or cruise upon:
1. BUY: Alexander. Long one of the world’s 100 largest yachts, Alexander (above) is also one of the most expensive brokerage megayachts listed. But, there’s compelling reason, for she has a most unusual history and layout. She’s a former cruise ship, capable of carrying 80 guests. Her €35-million (approximate $38-million) asking price gets you a full-size disco, 27-seater theater, a children’s playroom complete with video games, a beauty salon, even a hospital area.
2. BUY: Fancy something newer? How about a megayacht already engineered and about to start construction? Project White Lion, whose keel is set to be laid in a few weeks at Nobiskrug, is available. Upon delivery in 2018, the 279-footer (85-meter) will secure you a place among the world’s 100 largest yachts, too. Lobanov Design and Nauta Yachts are responsible for project White Lion’s design. The seven staterooms include a massive master spanning more than 1,399 square feet (130 square meters). Guests won’t complain about their quarters. Their staterooms occupy up to 754 square feet (70 square meters) of floorspace each. A helipad on the foredeck and a dedicated pool deck are other stand-out features of the 45-foot-beam (13.8-meter-beam) boat. The rest of project White Lion’s comfort zones are up to you to configure as you please. YachtZoo, which has the central listing, will help you price accordingly.
3. CHARTER: For just shy of $1 million per week, charter Nirvana (above, and at top) in the Indian Ocean and South East Asia this winter. To be exact, her rate is €910,000, or about $987,000 at press time. If that’s too far from home, the 290-foot (88.5-meter) Nirvana is spending the summer in the Med. Regardless of location, you can invite 11 friends and family to join you. Enjoy the 3D cinema, the pool, and the dance floor that the pool can become at nighttime. Surely you’ll also want to arrive directly onboard via helicopter. Nirvana has a helipad, naturally. An enviable 2-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio awaits you as well. Your favorite charter broker can check how many weeks’ availability Nirvana has for you.