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By Debbie Anderson / GoBankingRates
February 2, 2016
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Super Bowl halftime ads sometimes generate more buzz than the big game itself. That’s a good thing for advertisers, who will pay $5 million for a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl 50 broadcast. Even after a hefty 11 percent hike over 2015’s ad price of $4.5 million, advertisers continue to fork over the cash in an effort to grab the attention of millions of viewers.

Eyeballs don’t necessarily translate to big sales, though. So that raises the question: How else could that $5 million be spent? From the Batmobile to 7,000 Google shares, read on for some fun and outrageous things you could buy with the price of a Super Bowl halftime ad.

1. A Private Island

Get far, far away from it all on your very own private island, smack dab in the middle of nowhere. Reef Island off the Washington coast goes for exactly $5 million, according to its listing on, so you won’t have any cash left over. You will, however, have fabulous sunset views, a cabin built by a renowned artist and 17 acres to yourself.

If you’re in the mood for something more tropical, 11-acre Tilloo Pond Estate in the Bahamas island chain might interest you. The $3.35 million cay comes complete with a grand estate that houses 12 for the ultimate island party. Good thing you’ll have some $1.65 million left to spend on caviar and champagne.

2. A San Francisco Home

If you’re a city dweller, you could spend that $5 million on an elegant three-bedroom home in the heart of San Francisco, according to a listing on You’ll put down $2,258 per square foot to buy this single-family abode, but you’re paying Silicon Valley prices now. You’ll also get a garden sanctuary, roof deck and Carrara marble-appointed bathrooms.

That price seems about standard for a San Francisco three-bedroom home with those amenities, as Business Insider recently highlighted a $4.95 million dollar three-bedroom townhouse for sale, with a Zen garden and roof deck. If you’d rather live overseas, Business Insider also reported the availability of a $4.9 million Paris penthouse with five bedrooms and a view of the Esplanade des Invalides.

3. 20 Trips to Space

Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic endeavor offers intrepid space travelers an hour-and-a-half trip to space for $250,000 a ticket. Although the flights aren’t yet ready for the public, the plan is that the voyages will happen aboard SpaceShipTwo, a space vehicle that accommodates six passengers for the ride of their lives 361,000 feet above the planet. If you’re generous, you can buy space tickets for 19 other people, or just experience zero-gravity for yourself 20 times.

At least 700 people have already made reservations, and Brangelina and Katy Perry are rumored to be among the high-profile ticket holders, according to If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll get on the same flight as Lady Gaga, who was invited to perform live on SpaceShipTwo sometime in the future.

4. The Batmobile

Yes, that Batmobile. The original cool car from the 1960s television show, Batman, is on the market for $5 million, according to CNN. A concept vehicle built by Ford in 1955, and originally called the Lincoln Futura, the Batmobile became its moniker after Hollywood custom car guy, George Barris, got his hands on it. After keeping it for years, Barris sold the car for $4.6 million at an auction, and it’s up for sale again.

If you buy the Batmobile, know it’s still drivable, but feels its age. Also, as CNN auto writer Peter Valdes-Dapena pointed out, it’s not easy to get replacement parts for an experimental concept car. However, for Batman fans, the street cred is its own reward.

Read More: Why You Should Never Buy a Brand New Car

5. Two Bugatti Veyrons

True, the Veyron is out of production, but its status as supercar is ironclad. The original Bugatti Veyron reached a top speed of 255 mph, but it’s the Super Sport model that qualifies as one of the fastest cars in the world, with a recorded speed of 268 mph. Now that the Veyron is no longer made, you’ll have to buy used or certified pre-owned. The first model made sold at auction for $1.8 million, so buy that way and you can get two without blowing your $5 million entirely.

You’ll want to keep some money aside for maintenance and repairs anyway. Keeping your Bugatti Veyron running smoothly can cost up to $300,000 in annual maintenance bills, according to automotive news site,

6. About 7,000 Google Shares

At a current $725 per-share price, oodles of Google stock can be yours for $5 million. That amount will buy you 6,896 shares. Google continues to post double-digit sales growth year over year, making it an investor’s favorite. In fact, as USA Today pointed out, investors have enjoyed massive gains from Google stock over the long term, and the potential for continued upside is still there.

In addition to its indisputable profitability, the online search giant is especially attractive to stock buyers for its competitive strength, and moonshot projects, according to That includes those pie-in-the-sky, but potentially highly lucrative, projects like Google Glass that the company is known for developing.

7. 5 Taylor Swift Private Concerts

Shake it off with five private performances by Taylor Swift. You’ll pay upwards of $1 million per appearance, and that’s not including Swift’s travel costs or backstage requests. Now that she’s off her popular 1989 tour, Swift might be more available for your wedding, neighborhood party or corporate event.

Other performers in the million-dollar-per-appearance range include Bruno Mars and the Rolling Stones. If you want Prince, he’s in a league all his own, charging $1.5 to $2 million for a private concert, according to Business Insider.

8. A Yacht

You can travel the world or just party in style with your very own yacht. There’s one 118-foot option, a 2001 motor yacht docked in Palma, Spain, which will set you back $4.6 million. Boasting four staterooms and two full-service wet bars, the Phantom yacht will also need a crew, so factor that into your cost.

Keep in mind that captains run about $110,000 a year for a 100-foot yacht. Engineers, deckhands, stewards and chefs will also cost a pretty penny. Figure about an additional $250,000 a year, according to Forbes.

Yacht maintenance will also put a dent in your $5 million. A general rule of thumb is to set aside about 10 percent of the yacht’s purchase price for maintenance. If you think you’re better off renting a chartered yacht instead, you could spend between $10,000 to more than $130,000 a day.

9. A Private Jet

If you’re not so much the sea-faring type, a private jet might be more your style. A Cessna Citation Mustang is a “light jet” that carries two or three passengers on short flights and will cost you $2.75 million, brand new.

If you want more room, a 2000 Learjet 45 was listed for sale on for $2.495 million — you could buy two at that price. The jet seats eight passengers (or nine with the belted toilet), has leather seating, maple veneer woodwork and a refreshment center.

You might want to budget for the annual operating costs for your new ride, however. It can cost between $700,000 to $4 million a year to operate an aircraft, depending on the size, according to CNBC.

Read: 30 Mind-Blowing Financial Facts About Super Bowl XLIX

10. 250 Super Bowl Tickets

Take everyone you know to the Super Bowl — literally. Coveted lower end-zone tickets at Levi’s Stadium go for $20,000 apiece, according to ticket marketplace, StubHub. Of course, if you’re paying for Super Bowl admission, your loved ones will need to foot the bill for airfare and hotel because after paying $20,000 a pop for 250 tickets, you’ll have nothing left.

Or, you could throw the ultimate Super Bowl party at Levi’s in 10 $500,000 luxury suites. Parking, premium food and drinks and VIP treatment come standard.

11. 2.5 Million Powerball Ticket

If your imagined win of the recent $1.6 billion Powerball lottery didn’t pan out, you don’t have to give up the dream. Take your pretend $5 million and buy 2.5 million Powerball tickets to boost your odds next time. Given the odds of winning the Powerball are one in more than 292 million, you’re better off than most people who buy one or two or even 10 tickets.

12. 1 Million Big Macs

With the average price of a McDonald’s Big Mac costing $4.93 in America, according to The Economist, you could buy more Big Macs than you’d ever have, or probably even want to have, time to eat. Your $5 million would buy you one million Big Macs, which, if you rationed to one a day, would take you about 2,740 years to eat. Or, you could buy a Big Mac for most of the people of San Jose, Calif., population 1.015 million, if you’re feeling generous.

13. 5 Bottles of Very Expensive Champagne

You don’t have to purchase in volume to enjoy your money. Instead, $5 million can buy you five bottles of the world’s most expensive Champagne, Gout de Diamants, or Taste of Diamonds. Apparently, the selling point is the bottle itself more so than what’s inside, according to travel website The bottle is a diamond-shaped design in pewter, with a Swarovski crystal and a pure white gold plate label.

The winemaker also unveiled a pricier version of the bottle, which has an 18-carat solid-gold label and a 19-carat deep-cut white diamond instead of the Swarovski crystal. That bottle will set you back $1.8 million, according to NY Daily News.

This article originally appeared on GoBankingRates.