What $312 million can buy

One day in the Afghan war, or more than half a million iPads

March 25, 2011|By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun

The Mega Millions jackpot has now reached $312 million. Here's what the winner could buy with that much money.

-One day of the Afghan war. The Pentagon estimated in February that the war in Afghanistan costs the United States close to $300 million a day.

-If a future as a media mogul is in the cards, the lottery winner could buy one extremely successful news and aggregation website. AOL announced plans to buy the Huffington Post in February for $315 million.

-Around 200 to 300 of the sea-launched Tomahawk missiles that the U.S. and European coalition has used to disable Libyan military command facilities and enforce a no-fly zone there. The missiles cost between $1 million and $1.5 million each.

-Enough 32-gigabyte, $600 iPads for nearly every resident in Anne Arundel County to receive one: 520,000.

-If the winner has a humanitarian bent, they could buy enough food for Zimbabwe to make up for a drought that is expected to devastate the country's maize crop. If the country turns to the international market to make up for its food shortage, news reports said, it could spend up to $300 million to meet its needs.

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