The Drive‘s $1.4 Billion Powerball Bonanza

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byMax Goldberg| PUBLISHED Jan 12, 2016 7:30 PM
The Drive‘s $1.4 Billion Powerball Bonanza

As you already know, the Powerball has been going off. The megamillions—sorry, make that billions—jackpot has hit an all-time high of $1.5 billion. The mind boggles. So, in the interest of perspective (and a healthy taste of anarchy), we've devised a compendium of irrelevant and decidely irresponsible points of reference. Here are a few ways to express the Powerball's insane $1.5 billion jackpot.

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• At today's pricing, the jackpot equates to 42.21 million barrels of crude oil. That's enough to fill the world’s largest tanker approximately 10 times.

• This year, McLaren will be building and shipping 45 P1 GTRs ($3.36 million) to the U.S. You could buy them all, and you’d still have $1.25 billion left over. Which, we'll point out, is enough to build your own racetrack. 

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Jay Leno’s immaculately curated, 150-piece car collection is estimated to be worth $50 million. You could have it 28 times over.

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• You could buy a Family Membership to Lime Rock Park Driver’s Club ($110,000) in Connecticut for youself and 12,726 friends.

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• Buy every ticket to the Daytona 500 (146,000 seats) for 53 years.

• At $30,795, you could buy 45,461 examples of the new Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road. That's enough Taco to replace the entire NYPD’s vehicle fleet five times over.

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• Seven months (215 days) aboard a personal aircraft carrier, where the daily operating fee is $6.5 million. 

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• The average NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team is valued at $120 million, and there are currently 17 teams. The Powerball jackpot is enough buy 69 percent of the field. (Take that, restrictor plates.)

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• The jackpot also equates to a 1/46 stake in Uber. Which says more about the murky valuation game than anything else but, hey, whatever. 

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• You could open 1,867 Dunkin Donuts. (Gross.—Ed.)

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• Or just give it all to The Drive's editor, Mike Guy. (He could really use the cash.)