How to spend your $70 million
If you are lucky enough to win tonight's $70 million Oz Lotto jackpot, here is some inspiration for your shopping list.
Could $70 million buy you happiness?
Millions of Australians are living in hope before Oz Lotto's $70 million draw at 8.30pm today.
A spokeswoman for NSW Lotteries said 7.5 million tickets were expected to be sold, including about 4 million in a last-minute rush today.
She said the busiest time would be between 4pm and 5pm, when there would be more than 7600 transactions a minute.
Cabramatta West newsagency owner Jimmy Truong said he was very busy this morning, with almost every customer buying a ticket.
"It's a big Lotto so most people are in here to get a chance.
"They think we're the lucky agent so they want to try."
Clio Cresswell, a mathematician from Sydney University's school of mathematics and statistics, said the odds of winning were about one in 45 million.
The newsagency sold the winning $2 Lucky Lotteries ticket for the $9.6 million jackpot in March.
There were no winners in last week's $50 million Oz Lotto draw, tipping the jackpot to $70 million tonight.
What you could buy for $70 million:
- Accused murderer Ron Medich's Point Piper mansion at its "discounted" price of $40 million. With the change of $30 million you could see if Sir Richard Branson is willing to sell his luxury catamaran the Necker Belle. That might look nice parked out the front of the five-bedroom seven-bathroom harbourside pile.
- 43,750 one-kilogram servings of braised sliced abalone with webbing from duck foot at Silks in Melbourne's Crown Casino. At $1600 per kilo, it is believed to be one of Australia's most expensive dishes.
- 1795 alligator skin backpacks from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's fashion line The Row, valued at $39,000 each. Why so much? They come with solid gold toggles and clips.
- 17½ Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesses. The Grand Sport Vitesse is valued at $4 million depending on personalisation of the body and detail.
- 4375 nights, or almost 12 years, in the $16,000 a night Sydney suite at the Park Hyatt on Sydney Harbour. The city's most expensive room has a butler and a swimming pool sized bathtub.
- About 4500 first-class flights from Sydney to New York on Qantas, at $15,500 for a one-way trip (based on figures for flights next month).
- All 60 bottles of a whisky made to mark Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, valued at $197,000 each. You would still have a cool $58 million in change. Why not spend some of that on a bottle of 1951 Penfold's Grange? One bottle sold at auction for $43,700 in 2009.
- Or you could give the whole lot to charity.
But is it enough?
- $70 million doesn't buy you a place in Australia's rich list, with mining magnate Gina Rinehart worth $17-20 billion, Andrew Forrest worth $6.2 billion and Clive Palmer worth $5.05 billion.