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Best luxury food splurges with your Mega Millions

Millions of people around the country are snatching up last minute tickets for a chance at winning the Mega Millions jackpot Friday night, now at $640 million. If you're lucky enough to beat the odds, here are 7 ways you literally can eat through your millions.

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Eat at the most expensive restaurant

With an average check of $ $957, diners at chef Thomas Keller’s acclaimed French Laundry are willing to consistently drop hundreds, even thousands of dollars (Keller also owns the equally expensively Per Se in New York City, which is a good second choice for those stuck on the East Coast). Luckily, French Laundry has consistently earned the reputation of also being one of the best restaurants in the world. You can dine on some of the amazing signature dishes, like “Oysters and Pearls” –tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and caviar -- and the always good Hen Egg Custard with a ragout of Perigord.

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Dine out in outer space

You’ll be rich, so why not head to infinity and beyond and dine at Hugh Hefner’s first Playboy Club in outer space. The Playboy Club, dreamed up in conjunction with the space tourism company Virgin Galactic, envisions a restaurant that would include a zero-gravity, trampoline-lined dance club, fine dining, bungee jumping, space “farms” for food, and a casino with “human roulette.”  Artificial gravity will keep food and drinks from floating away and cocktail waitresses will serve drinks while floating around in jet packs. No telling how much the food will cost, but just getting into space will cost you a chunk of your winnings. According to LiveScience, Virgin Galactic expects sell tickets to the public for $200,000 a seat on SpaceShip Two, which will shuttle space tourists back and forth from earth. The meal will certainly be out of this world.

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Buy the most expensive wine

Every good meal must first begin with a great bottle of champagne.  Why stop at $20,000 or even $100,000 for a bottle? This bottle of 1907 Heidsieck champagne was recovered from a shipwreck on the bottom of the ocean, and was sold for $275,000. You may not want to drink this rare vintage bottle that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson.  But now that you’re hanging with the big dogs, this champagne, the most expensive wine ever sold, could be the cherry on top of a budding collection.  

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Order rarest of steaks

The most expensive steak order was a private meal of "103" Wagyu rib eye at Craftsteak New York City.  The 40-pound steak (about 20 lbs. after cooking) came in at a whopping $2,800 and was prepared for a private party at Tom Colicchio’s Manhattan steak house.  If you were dining alone, you could opt of the Japanese Kobe filet, at $30 an ounce, works out to $240 for an eight-ounce serving.

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Bite into the most expensive burger

After the celebrations are over you may have a hunkering for some comfort food.  The FleurBurger 5000, at Hubert Keller’s Fleur restaurant in Las Vegas, might be your thing.  Made with Kobe beef crowned with foie gras and black truffles, it goes for $5,000 a pop.  But it comes with a bottle of 1995 Petrus wine and two Ichendorf Brunello glasses — yours to keep.  Sounds like a good deal to me.

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Take a bite out of the Dragon

This hot dog won’t break the bank, but could be ordered up to please those pesky relatives looking for a free meal. Vancouver's Dougie Dogs created the world's most expensive hot dog called the Dragon Dog.  It sells for a mere $100 and was named for this year’s Year of the Dragon, which falls under the Chinese zodiac calendar.  It features a foot-long bratwurst infused with hundred-year-old Louis XIII cognac (which costs over $2000 a bottle), Kobe beef seared in olive and truffle oil, fresh lobster, and a secret "picante sauce."

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Eat a diamond-studded sweet

Priced at $35,000, this decadent dessert made of chocolate, real gold leaf, a sparkling diamond and strawberry caviar made it into the record books as the world's most expensive dessert.  Created by U.K. chef Marc Guilbert from the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Windermere, Cumbria, it was made with Belgian chocolate, infused with a combination of peach, orange and whiskey to create a champagne jelly and almond sponge layered base.  It was then finished with real gold leaf and handmade flowers and a two carat diamond.  The U.K. businessman Carl Weininger gobbled it up last December during his 60th birthday party, but I am sure Guilbert can reproduce his creation…for a price.

Reuters

Best luxury food splurges with your Mega Millions

Millions of people around the country are snatching up last minute tickets for a chance at winning the Mega Millions jackpot Friday night, now at $640 million. If you're lucky enough to beat the odds, here are 7 ways you literally can eat through your millions.

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