JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS/AP) - What could you buy with $640 million?
Lottery ticket lines were crowded Friday as players, drawn by a record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, cast aside concerns about odds to take a chance at becoming an overnight millionaire.
"With this jackpot, you would have enough money to pay all four years of an undergraduate degree at Mizzou for the entire freshman class," said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. "It's an incredible amount of money, and I am sure players are dreaming about how they might share this jackpot if they win."
According to the Missouri Lottery here 10 things you could afford to buy with the $640 million jackpot:
1. Buy the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals team! (Estimated worth $488 million in April 2010, according to Forbes magazine)
2. Build another Busch Stadium, with plenty of money left to buy refreshments and food for all game attendees! (Estimated cost was $365 million)
3. Renovate Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City ... TWICE! (Estimated cost in 2009 was $250 million)
4. Acquire more than a quarter ownership of the L.A. Dodgers' franchise! (Cost $2 billion)
5. Pay for four years of undergraduate tuition, room, board and books for the entire incoming freshman class at Mizzou! (Based on current full-year tuition of $22,216; 5,027 freshmen enrolled in 2011)
6. Fly the friendly skies with nine Gulfstream jets of your very own! (Approximately $60 million each)
7. Bask in the sun on one of your own 22 private islands! (Approximately $24.5 million each)
8. Buy 2012 Cadillac Escalades for 8,548 of your closest friends! (Approximately $63,170 each)
9. Buy the Hilton hotel in downtown St. Louis and give it a makeover! (The Hilton hotel at 400 Olive Street was recently acquired for more than $393 million)
10. Give every man, woman and child in Missouri $90.
The Missouri Lottery is urging players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchase, and keep the tickets in a safe place.
Players have until 8:59 p.m. CT on Friday to buy tickets for this drawing.
Online: Mega Millions.