As you (probably) already know, Saturday nights Powerball drawing will be the biggest ever in lottery history, with a jackpot of around $900 million.
Thats a lot of dollars.
If you are lucky enough to win tonights drawing, know that you will suddenly be extremely rich. Youll also probably become the target of an assassination attempt, or two.
But the most important thing to know if you become the lucky winner is, you’re not going to get $900 million. If you opt for a lump-sum payout, which you should, the government will take nearly 40 percent of your winnings. The state, meanwhile, will take another three to nine percent, leaving you with between $348 million and $550 million in total after taxes (New Yorkers get taxed the mostbecause, of course we do).
Still, $348 million is a lot of dough. But, its not quite as much as you think.
Need proof? Here are five celebrities thatll still be worth more than the jackpot winner.
1. Oprah Winfrey
Net worth: $3 Billion
You knew Oprah was rich, but this rich? Yep. Even if you won the lottery and didnt get taxed, Oprah would have nearly four times as much money as you do. Oprah wins.
2. JK Rowling
Net worth: $1 Billion
The Harry Potter author could probably fund the invention of an invisibility cloak with all the money she has in her bank account. You might be able to buy it if you win tonights lottery (but, like, maybe not).
Net worth: $700 Million
A self-professed material girl, Madonna has more than enough dough to buy everything she could ever possibly want. That includes several island nations, and also, Drake (though she may not be able to buy his love).
4. Mariah Carey
Net worth: $535 Million
Yeah, Mariah Carey was big in the 90s, but half-a-billion-dollars big? You better believe it. All we want for Christmas is everything she has (minus the children and ex-husband Nick Cannon, because, no thanks).
5. Blue Ivy Carter
Net worth: Approximately $1.1 Billion
The only daughter of Jay-Z and Beyonc, Blue Ivy would stand to inherit more than a billion dollars if her parents were to drop dead. At only three years old, shes worth more than the GDP of some small nations. #Blessed.
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