Here’s what $1.5 billion can buy for the Powerball winner

It’s a powerful position.

Whoever wins the $1.5 billion Powerball drawing will be taking home a life-changing sum of money. But how will they choose to change their life? Here are some things that $1.5 billion can buy (happiness not included).

1. The Baltimore Orioles

Thirteen MLB teams are worth less than $1.5 billion, according to Forbes. The Orioles, worth an estimated $1.375 billion, play in the league’s premier division, so success might be hard to come by. But they also benefit from a passionate fan base and just had their best season in several years.

2. The New York Islanders

All the other New York teams across football, basketball and baseball are outside the price range, and even the New York Rangers are worth $2 billion, according to Forbes. If staying in New York is a must, the Islanders, worth an estimated $990 million, are the easy choice. They even come equipped with a brand-new arena.

3. The Central Park Tower penthouse, six times over

The penthouse at 217 W 57th St., better known as Central Park Tower, only costs $250 million, according to Zillow. With seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms across more than 17,000 square feet, this home delivers unparalleled views of New York.

4. Bird Cay and Cat Cay Islands, Bahamas, three times over

If Central Park Tower is too busy, the other end of the spectrum is for sale, too. These private islands cost $50 million, according to Private Islands Online. Bird Cay is a 237-acre paradise in the northern part of the island chain, and Cat Cay is a 37-acre oasis off Bird Cay’s northern shore. Miami is only 150 miles west.

5. 27 trips to space with Elon Musk’s SpaceX

Wanna get away? In April, trips to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX rocket cost $55 million per person. With $1.5 billion, the winner could be on every trip for the foreseeable future. They could even buy some seats for relatives. If going to space is such a life-changing experience, why not do it twice? Or 27 times?

6. 187.5 million months of blue checkmarks under Musk’s new Twitter plan

Another way to give Elon Musk money: Pay for his new Twitter subscription program. The eccentric billionaire ruffled feathers by announcing he’d begin charging $8 per month for the social media platform’s famous blue checkmarks after taking over as CEO. That’s a small price to pay for the Powerball winner.

7. 115.4 million copies of Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” from her website.

CDs are due for a comeback. And “Midnights” is the hottest album in the country. Swift is selling CDs for $12.99 each on her website. There are four different editions for sale, and they (along with many, many copies) could all belong to the Powerball winner if they’re capable of skirting the four-per-customer limit.

8. 232.99 million gallons of gas in California on June 14, 2022

According to AAA, the most recent gas crisis peaked in the most populous state on June 14. California is known for having the country’s highest gas prices, but $6.43 per gallon is nothing when $1.5 billion is in the bank.