Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is expected to be a whopping $800,000,000! The cost of living in New Jersey is high, but with that kind of money, you could fully enjoy all that the state has to offer. We have luxurious resorts, exclusive country clubs, posh restaurants, exciting adventures, and so much more! If you’re tonight’s lucky lottery winner, you’ll have no problem affording the following 13 lavish indulgences.
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1. The Early Winter Chef's Tasting Menu at Restaurant Nicholas.
This four-star restaurant in Red Bank is among the most expensive eateries in New Jersey. The seasonal prix fixe menu will run you $140 per person, including wine, but it's worth every penny. This fine dining establishment ranks among the best in the United States and each menu item is exquisitely crafted.
2. Membership at Pine Valley Golf Club.
Located in Clementon, this exclusive golf course is currently ranked #1 in the world by Golf Magazine and #1 in the nation by Golf Digest. There are less than 1000 members worldwide, each an exceptional golfer. Women may play the course, but are not allowed to be members. The process of becoming a member is a highly guarded secret and usually involves a late night phone call from one of the directors. Still, with $800,000,000, you might just have the chance to secure yourself a spot.
3. Or, more likely, admission to Baltusrol Golf Club or Liberty National.
Two other top-ranked courses in the state, both clubs have much to offer. While membership fees are not easy to find, recent local articles indicate the cost to be somewhere between $250,000 - $500,000, plus annual dues. Liberty National (in Jersey City) has hosted The Barclays and Baltusrol Golf Club (in Springfield) will be hosting the 2016 PGA Championship.
4. The Dieci Mani treatment at Caesar's Qua Bath and Spa.
This luxurious $5000 spa treatment lasts 3 hours and requires a full day's notice. You will be pampered by four massage specialists and one aesthetician, providing services including a full-body exfoliation, Swedish and hot stone massages, a detoxifying moor mud, facial, and paraffin hand and foot treatments. You'll walk away blissfully relaxed, and with an amenity-filled gift basket.
5. A 24K gold facial.
Considerably more affordable, you can enjoy these luxe facials at several New Jersey spas for under $200. Locations where the treatment is available include Spa Rejuv in Bernardsville, Lookin' Good Day Spa in Edison, and Beauty Heights Salon & Spa in Bordentown. For a more affordable option, the Beach Bum Tanning & Salon chain offers their own version of this treatment for just $15.
6. Frank Sinatra's former home in Brigantine.
This stunning oceanfront property offers nearly 6000-square-feet of living space. Entirely spectacular, this home has every imaginable amenity, with the added benefit of being Ol' Blue Eyes' former residence. Though he never owned the home, he briefly lived here while he was performing in Atlantic City. The $5.2 million purchase price apparently includes a wig he once left behind.
7. The Overnight Romantic Adventure Getaway Package from In Flight Balloon Adventures.
For $825 per couple, you'll enjoy a private one-hour flight, dinner, and an overnight stay at a local bed and breakfast. While this is certainly expensive, it would make for an unforgettable anniversary celebration.
8. Flight lessons for the thrill seekers.
If you hit the Powerball jackpot, you can shell out several thousand dollars and study for your private pilot's licence. It will come in handy when you have your own plane. For a more affordable option, consider an introductory flight lesson. Princeton Airport offers an hour of air time for $199. Fischer Aviation in Fairfield costs a bit more at $215-$235 per lesson, but they offer a 4-pack for $920 - $999.
9. A stay at Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg.
This AAA 4-diamond property is New Jersey's premiere four season resort. During the winter, guests can enjoy the tropical biosphere pool complex, indoor recreation and fitness center, spa, scheduled activities and special events, fine dining, and much more. The resort is conveniently located near skiing at Mountain Creek, and offers a free shuttle. Millionaire you may be interested in suites and special packages, priced upwards of $1000 per night. Us regular folk can enjoy all the property amenities while in a standard room for under $400 per night.
10. Charter your own yacht for a private party.
Bella Charters in Weehawken offers up the 40-foot yacht pictured for $250 per hour with a 2-hour minimum. Yachts up to 120-feet are available, along with all-inclusive party packages. A more affordable alternative would be Spirit Cruises' Valentine's Day Brunch. Departing from Lincoln Harbor, $59.90 will get you a two hour cruise and a delicious morning meal.
11. Buy your dream car.
Personally, I recommend the BMW i8, Fisker Karma or Tesla Model S. If you're looking to try instead of buy, head to Raceway Park in Englishtown. From May 13th-15th, the racetrack will be hosting Xtreme Xperience, allowing you to drive 3 laps in the luxury car of your choice. For $279 you can select a Ferrari F430 or Porshe 911 GT3. A Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 will cost you $329. For $759, you can sample three of the highest priced cars.
12. Book a private suite at MetLife Stadium.
Want to see a game in style? Choose from a variety of suites, ranging in price from $18,000 - $25,000. The Five Star Suites, pictured, include interior and exterior cushioned seating, VIP parking/parking entrance, VIP venue entrance, private attendant, private restrooms, catered cuisine and 4 HDTV's. Capable of accommodating up to 24 guests, it may be worth it to split the cost. Even more affordable? Purchase preseason tickets, starting at $44.
13. Hire a personal chef.
Dynamite Dishes, based out of Whitehouse Station, offers personal chef services, private dinner parties, cooking classes and more. Personal chef meal packages include personal assessment, recipe research, meal planning, transportation, grocery shopping, cost of food, preparation of meals, packaging, labeling and detailed heating instructions. A 20 meal plan will run you $375. This comes out to just $18.75 per meal. Even if you don't hit the jackpot, you may want to splurge for the convenience.
Which one of these would you enjoy most? What else would you spend your fortune on? You could start a charity, buy a submarine (C-Explorers by U-Boat Works will run you $1,000,000 a pop) purchase a diamond perfume bottle from DKNY, score a private island, take a trip to the moon and back ($750,000,000) and maybe even buy the New Jersey Devils (last purchased for an estimated $325,000,000).