This week, the United States gained a billionaire overnight (well, maybe just a multi-millionaire after taxes), and former lottery winner Rick Knudsen is giving that fortunate soul a glimpse of how they could soon be living. Knudsen, who won $180 million in 2014 through the California Mega Millions lottery, has listed his Southern California mountain compound for $26 million, offering a rare look inside one of the nation’s more opulent ranches. The main house was Knudsen’s first big purchase with his winnings, scooping it up for $5.5 million, and he has spent the years since adding to the seemingly endless estate.The property now totals 845 contiguous acres, comprising of the original 50-acre country estate, a 155-acre buffalo ranch with farm and caretaker’s home, and 640 acres of private land on Little San Gorgonio peak, complete with water rights. Nestled within the rugged natural landscape is the compound’s centerpiece; A 16,000-square-foot main mansion, the only private property sitting 9,000-feet above sea level, with unobstructed views spanning the Yucaipa Ridge.Designed to emulate the architecture of Park City, the interiors are brimming with custom details and natural finishes. Among the luxurious features are a state-of-the-art kitchen, master suite with private deck and jacuzzi, and separate one-bedroom apartment with a private entrance and kitchen. A great room with floor-to-ceiling windows makes great use of the sweeping scenery beyond, including ponds, waterfalls, and a stream.The estate also boasts a ranch with two barns and 45 buffalo, offering an experience of truly rustic luxury. Intriguing perks that also come with the sale include a saloon, steakhouse, banquet room, and an acre of gardens in nearby Oak Glen.Craig Strong of Pacific Union International
has the listing, known as Eagle Crest. The Wall Street Journal
first reported the property is for sale.