Mega Millions file photo.

Imagine waking up this morning and finding out you ALMOST won the $1 billion? You’d be somewhat comforted by the fact that you’re a millionaire (well, if you don’t count those pesky taxes). Not one but TWO Mega Millions players here in Florida last night were indeed just one number away from hitting the $1.1 billion jackpot.

Where were the tickets sold? They haven’t told us yet. But two players had all 5 numbers but missed the Mega Ball. One of the two at least boosted their winnings to $3 million because of the Megaplier. But again, Uncle Sam will take a nice chunk of that away too.

The numbers drawn were all on the low side… 7, 13, 14, 15, 18 and the Mega Ball was 9. Florida, Ohio, and Massachusetts had the most big money winners yesterday. However, no one got all 6 numbers so now the jackpot could be around $1.35 billion by the time the next drawing which is Friday night.

5 Stupid Ways to Spend $1 Billion in Tampa

  • Build your own private Howard Frankland Bridge

    The new bridge will have eight lanes and is expected to be finished by the end of 2025 and is expected to cost about $865 million.

    Maybe you could grease some of the local politicians and build your own bridge.  Imagine never getting stuck in that traffic ever again when you go to work.  Actually you probably won’t need to work anymore so this is probably a bad idea.

    Plus you’d still have about $135 million left.


    Howard Frankland Bridge Construction

  • Buy Lightning Season Tickets For Everyone Who Lives in Clearwater

    Feeling generous? Spread the love of Tampa Bay Lightning hockey. You could get everyone in Clearwater hooked up with primo promenade level seats for a full season. That’d come out to about $739,246,464. You’d still have over $260 million left over. Plus Amalie Arena doesn’t fit 116,000 people. And Lightning season tickets are on a wait list … even for rich folks like you. So this probably won’t work out.

    2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

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  • Buy Tom Brady's Tampa House... and 79 More Like It

    That super nice home he lived in for most of his time with the Bucs was listed for $12.5 million. So you could buy 80 of them.  But 80 houses are kind of a pain to keep up.  Let’s try something else.


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  • Treat Every Seffner Resident To a Meal at Bern's Every Night For a Year

    We’re talking a shrimp cocktail as an appetizer, some Maine lobster bisque, a tableside Caesar salad, a 14 ounce 100 day dry-aged Delmonico steak with truffled herb butter, and a banana cheese pie for dessert. Oh and we can’t forget the wine, so add a glass of Duckhorn 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa too. We’re adding in the 20% tip too.   This meal every night for a year for everyone in Seffner.  And you’d still have $219 million left over.  Maybe we should have gone with the whole bottle of Cabernet. Plus I only know like 2 people in Seffner. Let’s move on.


  • Stay at Tampa's First 5 Star Hotel... for a long time

    Rooms at The Edition on Channelside Drive have are going for about $549 a night. So you could stay there for the next 5,000 years. Unless rates go up in the year 2840.

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