We've been reading a lot in the news lately about recent lotto winners purchasing brand-new homes - not surprising since according to statistics, that's the first purchase lottery winners make as soon as they lay claim to their jackpots.

In the stories we've read, the most recent crop of lotto winners have been investing in real estate either because they actually need it, like recent Hurricane Sandy survivor, Maryann Daino, who'll be using her jackpot to finally put a roof over her head, or simply because they just want to (totally our excuse for buying a giant villa on the French Riviera when we finally hit the lotto jackpot).

So with that in mind, we thought we'd give you some ideas as to just how much you can do with luxury real estate when you hit the lottery jackpot with yourself. Take a look at the examples we've gathered of some of the world's most extravagant homes, and start adding to your list of dream house must-haves today (and if you could build a little guest room for us, that would be great too).

7 Upper Phillimore Gardens - $128 million

Fancy a little pied-a-terre in London? Then snap up this little mansion - a steal at just $128 million! Owned by Olena Pinchuk, the daughter of the Ukraine’s second president, this 10-bedroom home first started life as a prep school before being converted into an extravagance of a home, complete with underground swimming pool, sauna, gym and panic room. And if that's not fancy enough for you, perhaps the marble and gold interior will be!

lottery dream homes 7 Upper Phillimore Gardens

18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens - $222 million

Loud neighbours getting you down? Then how about moving next door to a couple that's bound to be a little easier to live with - none other than Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! With 12 bedrooms, a set of Turkish baths, an indoor pool and enough space for 20 cars, it has more than enough luxury to recommend it - although you may have to offer owner Lakshmi Mittal, one of the 100 richest men in India, a pretty penny for it, as it's currently priced at a whopping $222 million!

lottery dream homes 18 19 Kensington Palace Gardens

Buckingham Palace - $1.55 billion

If neither of our suggestions have taken your fancy so far, why not go for broke and put in an offer on the most expensive home in the world - Buckingham Palace! Alright, so it's not actually for sale, but perhaps if you can come up with decent enough offer, bearing in mind its current value of $1.55 billion, the Queen and her corgis may be persuaded to move. With 775 rooms and 78 bathrooms at your disposal, you could have one epic game of hide and seek!

lottery winners dream homes Buckingham Palace

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Of course if you have your mind set on another type of luxury home, such as a beach house, ski resort, villa, penthouse or similar, you'll be able to make all your dreams of living large come true with just one lottery ticket! Buy yours online with in time for this weekend's huge lotto draw, and your one ticket could soon be opening new doors for you - all preferably leading into fabulously extravagant rooms. Good luck!

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