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This is what the $185 million Powerball win can buy you in Connecticut

A winning Powerball ticket was recently sold in Cheshire with a prize of $185.3 million. Question is: What do you do with all that money?

CONNECTICUT, USA — "What would you do if you won the lottery?" is a question you've likely heard a million times. The question launches daydreams upon daydreams of what you'd do if you won that kind of money. 

Be it a hundred dollars or a hundred million, any kind of win is a win. But, what if it was a hundred million dollars? Or, more specifically, $185 million? 

During Sunday night's Powerball drawing, someone who bought a ticket in Cheshire wound up winning $185 million. 

What would you do if you won that kind of money? The first instinct is to shove it in a few bank accounts, maybe buy a better house or car – or give some money to friends and family. 

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CT Lottery advises winners to contact tax and investment experts to decide if they want a lump sum or annuity payments over the years. 

But $185 million is a lot of money.

To put it in perspective – according to Zillow, the highest-priced luxury home for sale in the state right now is $100 million. But, it's not really just one home. It's a 60-acre private island off the coast of Darien, and offers a 3-bedroom stone house, a 19th-century farmhouse, a seaside bungalow – you get the picture. 

Editor's note: The video above initially aired in Sep. 2016. The price has since been lowered.

You'd still have $85 million left over, so why not buy up another home? You can get this $60 million castle nestled in the woods of Woodstock. Included is a moat, towers that rise nearly 130 feet into the air, nine bedrooms – simple, easy, country-style living. 

And you'd still have a cool $25 million to do with what you please. 

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Maybe you're not in the market for a new luxury home. Are sports more your style?

If you wanted to attend an upcoming UConn Men's Basketball single game ticket, the cheapest seat is $18, farther away from the court. With your lottery winnings, you could attend 10,277,777 games. Or, if you wanted to sit closer to the court with an average ticket price of $43, you could attend 4,302,325 games. 

With UConn Women's basketball single-game tickets, seats far from the court are $13, netting you 14,230,796 games. Sitting closer, with an average price of $28 a ticket, you can attend 6,607,142 games. 

UConn sports isn't the only game in town. With $185 million, you could attend 6,851,851 Hartford Wolfpack games with an average ticket price of $27 at the XL Center. 

Baseball tickets for the 2022 season aren't for sale yet, but going off of the base price for a home game for the Hartford Yard Goats in 2021 and 2019 you can attend...

...30,833,333 games with ticket prices starting at $6. 

With 69 home games scheduled for the upcoming 2022 season, that's 2,681,159 years' worth of baseball games just at the Hartford Yard Goats stadium. 

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All that sounds exhausting, so maybe food is more your style. 

Connecticut's state food is pizza with New Haven's Neapolitan style being the state's signature. 

If you want to buy a large original tomato pie with mozzarella from Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana, at $23.75, you'd be able to purchase 7,789,473 for you and your closest buddies. 

A medium tomato pie at Sally's Apizza, at $17.50, would net you 10,571,428 pizzas. 

If you're more of a lover of seafood, then $185 million can go a long way for some of Connecticut's most savory dishes. 

You can get 7,118,122 lobster bisques from Larry & Joe's Fish Tale in Madison, or 10,277,777 hot lobster rolls from Guilford Lobster Pound.

Finally, if none of that appeals to you, maybe you're in the mood for a luxury vehicle.

The most expensive new car ever made, the Bugatti "La Voiture Noire" was officially unveiled in May 2021. The vehicle clocks in at an easy $18 million.

There is one Bugatti dealership in Connecticut, located in Greenwich. At this time, the dealership doesn't have the "La Voiture Noire" listed, but let's assume one day it did. 

You can buy yourself 10 of them with $5 million to spare. Enough for you and your closest friends and family to enjoy. 

Suffice to say, $185 million is a lot. Even after taxes, the winner of Sunday's lottery will still get $123.9 million, if the winner(s) chose the lump sum payment. 

Be it $185 million, $123 million – you can still drive your new Bugatti to a few million Yard Goat's games while eating all the pizza you possibly can. 

Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at jglatz@fox61.com.  


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