Another chance to dream big: Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot at $400 million

Lottery balls wait to be dropped prior to the lottery drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot, estimated at $636 million, in Atlanta, Georgia December 17, 2013. A last-minute ticket buying frenzy a week before Christmas inflated Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot to $636 million, drawing closer to the biggest U.S. lottery prize in history, a game official said. The winning numbers for Tuesday's drawing were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39, and 7, according to the lottery's website, Megamillions.com. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY WEALTH)
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Lottery players across America are asking themselves that familiar question this week: What would I do if I suddenly had hundreds of millions of dollars?

Tonight’s Mega Millions multistate lottery drawing has an estimated jackpot of $400 million, which is the third largest prize in the game’s history. The Mega Millions game changed its rules in October, allowing for “larger starting jackpots, faster growing jackpots, a million-dollar second prize and better odds of winning any prize,” according to the Mega Millions website.

If you win and you want the cash up front, however, you’ll have to make do with just $224 million.

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What does $224 million buy these days? This Beacon Street townhouse is on the market for $13,950,000, so you could buy 16 or so of those.

The NHL’s Florida Panthers are valued at $240 million, according to Forbes.

And if you don’t want the hassles of owning a professional sports team, you could just use your money to try to get your name on a stadium. For example, Minute Maid’s naming-rights deal for the Houston Astros’ ballpark is listed at $170 million according to Business Insider.

The drawing takes place at 11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. If nobody matches all six numbers required to win tonight, the next drawing will take place on Friday night — and the prize will near $500 million.