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Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs: What $500 million can buy

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Johnny Maroun sells Mega Million lottery tickets to a customer at the family's Marathon service station in Moreland …

What would you do with $500 million? A lot of people are probably daydreaming about that this week, after the Mega Millions lottery jackpot grew to an estimated $500 million for the next drawing at 11 p.m. ET on Friday.

The odds of winning the half-billion dollar jackpot were estimated at about 1 in 176 million, according to lottery officials.

But that doesn't stop the fantasizing.

Here are some of the things you could purchase if you come up big Friday:

At that price, you could take your closest friends to the Olympics on your private jet before stopping over at your house in Monaco to relax from the stress of traveling.  Then when you return to your mansion in California, you can drive south in your Bugatti Veyron to catch a Dodgers game, in the owner's box.

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