Super Bowl halftime ads sometimes generate more buzz than the big game itself. That's a good thing for advertisers paying $5 million for a 30-second spot during Super Bowl 51. But the high price tag doesn't come with guarantees of new business. In some cases, halftime ads can backfire, generating bad publicity. Others are simply forgotten as soon as they're seen.
If you had $5 million to drop, how would you spend it? Here are some ways to splurge your millions of dollars.
1. A Private Island
You can escape to your 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 PrivateIslandsOnline.com, 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, Platanitos Island in Mexico gives you breathtaking views of the Pacific coast and sits on 10 acres. The island is in an ecologically protected region and about 75 miles from Puerto Vallarta. After your purchase, you'll have plenty money leftover to build a home — and host a stellar housewarming party.
2. A House in San Francisco
If you're a city dweller, take your $5 million and spend it on an elegant five-bedroom home in San Francisco, home to some of the most expensive real estate properties in the U.S. One property lists for $5 million on SFRealtors.com and boasts 6,190 square feet, five bedrooms and four baths. You'll live near Buena Vista Park and enjoy sweeping views of the city, too.
If you'd rather live in luxury overseas, you can purchase a three-bedroom apartment in Paris with a front-seat view of the Eiffel Tower.
3. 20 Tickets to Space
Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is selling $250,000 tickets to space for would-be astronauts. Although flights aren't yet ready for the public, Virgin Galactic plans to fly passengers aboard the SpaceShipTwo, which accommodates six passengers. Your trip will take you 361,000 feet above the planet. And, if you're feeling generous, you can buy space tickets for 19 other people.
4. 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. 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 Veyron running smoothly can cost up to $300,000 in annual maintenance bills. But if you're looking for something with better gas mileage, try one of these luxury models.
5. About 6,250 Google Shares
At $800 per share, oodles of Google stock can be yours for $5 million. Although Alphabet — the parent company to Google — missed analyst predictions in fourth-quarter earnings for 2016, revenue still beat out expectations.
6. Private Concerts With Taylor Swift
Shake it off with five private performances from Taylor Swift. You'll pay $1 million or more per appearance, but a visit from the famed pop star is one way to make for a memorable office party or wedding. If you want to save a bit of cash, book Bruno Mars or Drake — they charge between $500,000 and $1 million.
7. A Yacht
You can travel the world or just party in style with your own yacht. The 150-foot Francine has five cabins, a large sundeck with Jacuzzi and an entertainment system throughout. It has an asking price of $3.95 million, but don't forget — you'll need to hire a crew for your luxurious vacation at sea.
8. A Private Jet
If you're not so much the seafaring type, a private jet might be more your style. See the world aboard the $1.8 million Bombardier Learjet 45. It seats nine and has enough space for all your luggage.
9. 250 Super Bowl Tickets
The average ticket to Super Bowl 51 costs $1,325. With $5 million, you can take everyone you know to the Super Bowl — literally. You can buy 3,773 tickets at the average cost. Of course, you could always take 20 of your closest friends and opt for the VIP experience.
10. 2.5 Million Powerball Tickets
If you want to test your luck, you could buy into the $206 million Powerball jackpot. At a cost of $2 per Powerball ticket, your odds of winning would be 2.5 million out of 292.2 million.
11. 1 Million Big Macs
With the average price of a McDonald's Big Mac costing $3.99, you could buy more Big Macs than you'd ever have time to eat. Your $5 million would buy you around 1.25 million Big Macs. That's enough to feed the entire city of Sacramento, Calif. lunch and dinner.