The Mega Millions jackpot in context: That $1.6 billion could buy you a baseball team

Lottery buffs are looking at a victory so sweet they could buy a Major League Baseball team.

The Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday's drawing hit $1.6 billion, and a single winner could take home a lump-sum payment of roughly $904 million after taxes. That means the largest jackpot in U.S. history is worth more than the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Forbes, which values the team at $900 million.

The Rays are expensive, but they aren't nearly as pricey as the New York Yankees, which Forbes estimates to be worth $4 billion. If someone were in the market for a team with a bit more championship history, the Boston Bruins are also worth about $890 million. Only four teams in the National Hockey League are worth more than the Bruins, in fact, so a Mega Millions winner could essentially take his or her pick of the league.

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Customers buy Mega Millions tickets hours before the draw of the USD 1 billion jackpot, at the Bluebird Liquor store in Torrance, California on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
An Illinois Lottery billboard advertisement, featuring the Mega Millions, is seen on the northwest side along the I-90 Kennedy Expressway in Chicago, IL on October 20, 2018. The jackpot is now $1.6 billion, a record breaking Mega Millions jackpot. Currently the jackpot is tied with the largest jackpot in U.S. history. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Dan Higgins stands outside of a 7-Eleven in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston where he bought a Mega Millions ticket on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. If he wins, Higgins says he’d take care of his children’s education and buy a probably buy a big house on the ocean. (AP Photo/Alanna Durkin Richer)
BOCA RATON - OCTOBER 19: Atmosphere as the Mega Millions lottery hits One Billion on October 19, 2018 in Boca Raton, Florida/ Credit: mpi04/MediaPunch /IPX
Annette Gray, left, from Valley Stream, N.Y., buys lottery tickets Friday Oct. 19, 2018, in New York. The estimated jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions drawing has soared to $1 billion. Gray said it's about "a dollar and a dream, but I spent ten today". (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Russell Robinson buys 50 Mega Millions lottery tickets at the Kwik Stop food store at 46th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood, Fla., Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
People line up at the Kwik Stop food store at 46th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood, Fla., to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Mega Millions lottery tickets are printed out of a lottery machine at a convenience store Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Chicago. The estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history with a jackpot estimated to exceed $900 million. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Mega Millions bet cards are shown at the Corner Market, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Lyndhurst, Ohio. The estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history with a jackpot estimated to exceed $900 million. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Mega Millions lottery tickets are printed out of a lottery machine at a convenience store Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Chicago. The estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history with a jackpot estimated to exceed $900 million. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 19: Mega Millions Lottery ticket is seen as the prize reached $1 billion before the drawing in New York, United States on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 19: A woman buys Mega Millions lottery ticket as the Mega Millions Lottery prize reached $1 billion before the drawing in New York, United States on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An Illinois Lottery billboard advertisement, featuring the Mega Millions, is seen on the northwest side along the I-90 Kennedy Expressway in Chicago, IL on October 20, 2018. The jackpot is now $1.6 billion, a record breaking Mega Millions jackpot. Currently the jackpot is tied with the largest jackpot in U.S. history. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 18: A sign displays that the Mega Millions Lottery prize is estimated $1 billion before the drawing in New York, United States on October 18, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 19: People wait in the line to buy Mega Millions lottery ticket as the Mega Millions Lottery prize reached $1 billion before the drawing in New York, United States on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A woman shows her Mega Millions tickets hours before the draw of the USD 1 billion jackpot, at the Bluebird Liquor store in Torrance, California on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Customers buy Mega Millions tickets hours before the draw of the USD 1 billion jackpot, at the Bluebird Liquor store in Torrance, California on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man reaches for his Mega Millions tickets hours before the draw of the USD 1 billion jackpot, at the Bluebird Liquor store in Torrance, California on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
People line up in the hallway of a midtown New York City office building to buy Mega Millions tickets on October 19, 2018, as the jackpot hit record USD 1 billion. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Carlos Davila holds up his Mega Millions lottery tickets at a Brooklyn store on October 19, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The jackpot for tonight's drawing has now climbed to $1 billion, making it the largest jackpot in the game's history and the first to top the $1 billion mark. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
People line up in the hallway of a midtown New York City office building to buy Mega Millions tickets on October 19, 2018, as the jackpot hit record USD 1 billion. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO Mega Millions entry tickets are seen at a newsstand after the jackpot for Tuesday's drawing topped $650 million in New York City, New York, U.S., October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
An impromptu "One Billion dollars" sign is on display as customers line up to buy Mega Millions tickets at a newsstand in midtown Manhattan in New York, U.S., October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Sugar
A customer purchases a ticket for the Mega Millions lottery drawing in New York City, U.S., October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A lottery ticket for the current record breaking $667 million U.S. Mega Millions jackpot is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California, U.S. October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A ticket is seen ahead of the Mega Millions lottery draw which reached a jackpot of $415 Million in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Leonardo Da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" became the world's most expensive painting sold at auction after a bidder spent more than $450 million at Christie's in New York last year. That's just less than half the Mega Million lump jackpot. And while Leonardo's most famous work, "The Mona Lisa," hasn't been valued in decades, it was insured for $100 million in 1962 — about $820 million today when adjusted for inflation.

The Pink Star diamond, which sold at auction for $71 million, broke the record for the most expensive diamond sold at auction last year. A Mega Millions winner could buy 11 Pink Stars and still have more than $100 million left in the bank.

Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy costs about $90 million to launch. The lottery's current jackpot would allow a person to send the Falcon Heavy into space about 10 times.

That $904 million is also worth almost twice the gross domestic product of the British Virgin Islands. And more than the $770 million valuation of the popular internet clothing company Rent the Runway.

In one fell swoop, the lottery winner would surpass the individual net worth of celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Jay-Z. Jenner is on her way to becoming the country's youngest self-made billionaire with her cosmetics empire, but it has yet to exceed her $900 million value.

Jay-Z isn't a businessman. He's a business, man. The rap mogul has not only sold out stadiums across the world touring with his wife, Beyoncé, but he has also made serious investments across industries over the years, including a record label, a clothing brand and a music streaming service.

All of that leads Forbes to estimate Jay-Z's net worth at $900 million, without factoring in his wife's income. Forbes estimates that Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com, is worth just shy of $150 billion.

One lucky ticket could skyrocket someone past all of those and so much more.

There was still no big winner as of Friday, and the jackpot would go even higher if no one matches all six winning numbers Tuesday night.

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