What Your Thoughts Of The $1.4 Billion Powerball Jackpot Say About You

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You won’t be Bill Gates!

As bad as it is to think small or boring or libidinously, there’s also this funny bit where you can’t actually think too big, either. “I’ll use the money to find a cure for cancer!” Well, you’ll probably have to specify which kind…and then you’ll also have to learn how much is already spent on that cancer’s research. The Federal government spends almost $5 billion a year on cancer research. There are plenty of other wealthy donors who do their part.

That’s not to say that another billion won’t hurt. It’s just that you have to realize that it most likely won’t be a game-changer.

As previously mentioned, Bill Gates has a full-time job giving his money away…and at about $80 billion, he’s worth one hundred times as much as the person who wins Powerball will be. Just think of someone who is a hundred times wealthier than you are now (if you’re making $50k, they’re making 5 mil) and realize that you’re still going to be a small fish in the world.

After all, Mark Zuckerberg had an extra billion laying around and you know what he bought with it? A 13-person company called “Instagram”.

You know what might be fun to buy? A craft beer brewery. The only problem? The ones that are really successful (Ballast Point, Lagunitas, etc.) are all valued at…a billion dollars.

And this is the funny bit about people’s perception of a “$1.4 billion” Powerball jackpot. For an individual, it’s an insane amount of money…but for the world of 7 billion people, it’s kind of small change. To put it another way, it’s what the Federal government spends in three hours.

So you can’t fund a mission back to the moon. You can only afford half of the Empire State Building…or 1/40th of Uber.

On the bright side, you’ll be able to afford three facsimiles of Stephen Spielberg’s newest yacht.

So that’s where you’ll be…provided you can get a winning ticket…and provided that no one else does. You’ll have more money than most famous actors…but less than the real Hollywood power players. You’ll cringe every time you hear the word billionaire, partly because a lot of people will think you’re one…but you’ll come up just a little short…unless you can make that money work for you.

Or you were already a famous actor when you bought the ticket.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Financial Correspondent


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