How to Spend €100 Million
EuroMillions jackpots have a guaranteed minimum value of £15 million (€17 million), and thanks to rollovers and Superdraws, the top prize can sometimes exceed €100 million, at which point players’ imaginations begin to run wild with plans for spending this nine-figure sum.
Here are some ways in which you can live the multimillionaire lifestyle to the maximum and make the most of a €100 million EuroMillions windfall.
Written by Alex Kiam
One of the first and often most eye-catching expenditures that many lottery winners plan is a new home. Previous EuroMillions winners have splashed out on some incredible properties, from modern riverside villas to sprawling Victorian mansions.
After their €190 million jackpot win in 2012, Adrian and Gillian Bayford bought Horseheath Lodge in Cambridge for €7.5 million. The Grade II listed Georgian-style mansion came complete with 189 acres of land, a farm and five self-contained cottages and was later used to host the Cambridge Rock Festival when the original venue pulled out.
The price of luxury properties can vary from hundreds of thousands of euros to tens of millions, with the most expensive in the UK selling for upwards of €150 million. In addition to the upfront purchase price, EuroMillions winners also need to bear in mind the cost of running lavish – and sometimes protected – properties too. That could include staff wages, taxes, insurance costs and maintenance costs; together, these expenditures can easily run into hundreds of thousands of euros per year. Luckily, with €100 million in the bank, almost any type of home would be within reach.
For UK winners in particular, jetting off to sunnier climates is one of the first priorities after hitting a big jackpot. It might not come as too much of a surprise, but €100 million is more than enough to jet off on a luxury holiday to the most desirable sun-traps in the world.
If, however, you’re after adventure rather than relaxation, nothing is more adventurous than the White Desert camp. Situated in the heart of Antarctica, the White Desert camp consists of seven state-of-the-art sleeping pods, a communal lounge, library and dining room. From there, guests have the opportunity to embark upon various adventures, which include trips to see Emperor penguins, treks to the South Pole, and al fresco picnics in the middle of the world’s most inhospitable continent.
The nature of the environment means that operating such a destination takes a lot of work, so a stay at White Camp comes at a hefty price tag as a result. With the cost of even just a day trip running into the tens of thousands of euros, the world’s most remote holiday location is also its most exclusive.
You will obviously want to chase the sun as a newly minted multi-millionaire, but even the most exclusive resorts can sometimes be ruined by noisy neighbours. To ensure that you find the perfect peaceful getaway destination, you could buy your own island, like Apo in the Philippines.
For €61 million, you will own this mountainous idyll, rich in fruit trees and palm-fringed white sandy beaches. A portion of your remaining millions would allow you to build a luxurious mansion on the island, leaving you to fill your days with relaxation, taking in the sun and diving in the crystal clear waters that surround your own private paradise.
Virgin Galactic, founded by Sir Richard Branson in 2004, is a space tourism company that will fly you beyond Earth's atmosphere aboard its commercial spacecraft for an estimated €215,000. You will need to complete three days of training before flying, but you’ll easily be able to afford the fee to take a trip of a lifetime orbiting the earth at the very edge of space.
Why not purchase more than one and throw a party in space for memories that would last a lifetime? Forget hiring a swish club in the West End of London or a sprawling stately home amid the moors and lochs of Scotland, because for a little over €42 million you could have a 200-strong guestlist for an interstellar birthday celebration in zero-gravity.
Some people set about assembling an enviable wine cellar when they become wealthy, but you could take that to an extreme thanks to your €100 million fortune. In January 2018, a six-litre bottle of Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 was sold for €428,000. That price was reached thanks to a charity auction, but it still goes down as the most expensive wine in the world.
If we’re talking standard bottles of wine – and not six-litre Methuselahs sold at charity auctions – the most expensive would be a bottle of Chateau Lafite from 1787. Valued at more than €135,000 and inscribed with the initials ‘ThJ’, the bottle was believed to have once resided in the cellar of Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Speculation as to the bottle’s authenticity continues to this day, but it would certainly be the jewel in the wine collection of any EuroMillions winner.