Just outside of Paris sits a lavish 50 000 square foot palace, recently bought by a private owner from the Middle East for an astounding £200 million ($300 million), making this the single most expensive private residence ever purchased.
The Chateau Louis XIV was built in less than three years and contains, amongst many other stylish additions a nightclub, a private movie theatre, squash courts, multiple ballrooms and a selection of indoor and outdoor heated pools.
Those who play the lotto online regularly would have to win a jackpot or two in order to afford this insanely lavish super-mansion.
The Chateau Louis XIV was constructed on the grounds where King Louis XIV's Swiss guards used to reside and is a veritable fortress. A wine cellar (with space for over 3000 bottles of wine), hidden libraries and an aquarium-slash-meditation room are just a few of the luxury lifestyle extras this multi-million dollar mansion has in it. Outside, an enormous maze hides a replica of the Chateau de Versailles' fountain of Apollo. And the owner will be incredibly well protected as over forty surveillance cameras, all connected to the internet, will allow them to keep a stern vigil on this palace, even while across the world. In the words of the official website "the automated hi-tech controls are incorporated with the utmost discretion, blending invisibly with the interior's breathtaking Grand Siècle décor."
The developers of the property say "With elegantly planted parterres, a gleaming gold-leafed fountain, an infinite array of flowers, marble statues, bridle paths and a hedged labyrinth, the property's park and gardens evoke the genius of Le Notre". For over three years, a construction crew of 200 people worked day and night to produce an icon of opulence and by 2011 it was finally ready for purchase. It remained empty until quite recently though, as the price put it out of reach for many. Yet, when over 15 000 sheets of gold are used in the general construction, one should expect a high asking price.
So, what would it take to own this house? £200 million is roughly $300 million in USD; therefore by winning the US Powerball jackpot plus the US MegaMillions at LottosOnline, you'll have just enough money to bid on this new Parisian palace, once one becomes available in the next decade or so.