Winning: what to buy if you won big in Melbourne Cup

Fat stacks ($200 to $699)

Sphero BB-8


Price: $250

With the next “Star Wars” only a month or so away, it’s not hard to see that many of us have Star Wars fever, and the kid inside you probably will too once it sees how cool the toys are that are coming out.

Case in point, one toy is actually a robot, with Sphero’s robotic expertise used to bring to life the BB-8 droid so you can take it home with you.

BB-8 isn’t quite the star of the next film, but he’s pretty cute all the same, and the app-controlled BB-8 is about as close to owning your own R2D2 as it gets, only more up to date and inline with the next movie, “The Force Awakens”.

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Apple Watch


Price: $499 (starting price)

Owners of the Apple iPhone have probably looked at the Apple Watch at least once through the year, and if you managed to win close to half a grand, you can now afford this item.

Designed to be classy, metal, and exuding the Apple style at every softened corner, the Apple Watch is the next-gen wearable for someone who loves their iPhone but wants notifications all the time.

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Suunto Traverse


Price: $549

Perhaps an Apple Watch isn’t your style, though, and you prefer something meatier and with more grunt, perhaps for when you go on a walk or a swim.

Suunto has been building gadgets meant for these activities for ages, and in its Traverse, you’re seeing a handmade watch with a hint of smartwatch “smarts” and a GPS to track what you’re doing and where you’re going.

Ideal if you decide to take a vacation with your winnings and go somewhere you’ve never been, because the GPS inside will be able to give you a heads up on where it is you went.

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Price: $650

One of the more creative takes on what constitutes a “camera”, the 360Fly throws in a 360 degree camera lens inside a special water-resistant body to let you capture the world around you from more than one viewpoint.

In fact, instead of the one typical view you capture from, this is about every view, and if you have a VR headset or have one of the Google Cardboard viewers, you’ll even be able to relive the moment by shifting your head around and watching the moment unfold in 360 degrees.

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Professional punter ($700 to $1999)

Sonos Play:5 (2015)


Price: $749

Easily one of the best speakers we’ve heard, the Sonos Play:5 for 2015 boasts some of the clearest sound we’ve heard and offers access into the Sonos multi-room system.

Line-in support is also here, meaning if you have a record player or another audio source, you can send that sound all the way around the house. Well worth checking out.

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AudioQuest Nighthawk headphones


Price: $895

The new benchmark phones for GadgetGuy’s testing procedures, you’ll probably look a little silly with these if you wear them outside the house, but wear them inside and pure audio ecstasy ensures.

Delivering a deep sound space with a balance that seems impossibly clear, you’ll never want to take the Nighthawk cans off, not just because they sound great, but they’re bloody comfortable, too.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5


Price: $1099

Without doubt, one of the best phones of the year and easily Samsung’s best phone to date, the Galaxy Note 5 brings with it a high class camera, excellent and fashionable design, and a screen that is truly brilliant to stare at.

About the only caveat the Galaxy Note 5 comes with is its size, offering a lowly 32GB of storage, but if you live in the cloud, this won’t bother you one bit.

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Apple MacBook


Price: $1799

Laptops have sure changed a lot over the years, and while they’ve been made smaller and thinner, everything pales in comparison to the MacBook, one of the thinnest and lightest laptops we’ve ever seen that can even challenge the iPad for thickness.

Designed to be slick, sexy, and offering surprisingly good battery life for a laptop this size while also arriving with the future-friendly USB Type C hybrid Thunderbolt 3 port, this is a great purchase if you now have spare money.

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Sharp SJXP580G PlasmaCluster refrigerator


Price: $1899

One of the most overlooked appliances in the house is the fridge, and while we depend on it to cool our food and keep things safe and edible, it rarely gets an upgrade, but if you’ve won nearly $2K (or more), you can make it happen.

Sharp’s take on the fridge is to bring a sense of black or stainless-steel glass covered design, and make the controls truly minimalist, throwing it all on the handle up top.

Better, the fridge relies on some of Sharp’s better technologies, with the PlasmaCluster air ionisation technology used in the air cleaners also found in the fridge to stop odours, mould spores, and shut down bacteria before it grows.

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Jackpot (over $2000)

MontiToys SkyHawk 9600 Binoculars


Price: $3500

The next time there’s a horse race on, it would probably be handy to watch it with the naked eye, but with giant binoculars, you won’t have that problem.

The SkyHawk binoculars aren’t technically a gadget, sure, but they do get you close to the action, which could be handy for this time next year, though we’re not sure how you’d get the binoculars into Flemington, though that’s a question for later.

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Leica Q


Price: $5900

One of the most expensive gadgets we’ve played with all year, and easily one of the priciest cameras to come through the GadgetGuy reviews desk, the Leica Q is also easily one of our favourite cameras.

Offering a solid build, excellent old school design, and some of the sharpest glass and lens quality we’ve come across in the almost decade the reviewer has been reviewing for, you can bet the Leica Q is one of the first things we’d spend our money on if we made off with a decent sized jackpot.

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LG 55 inch 4K OLED TV


Price: $5999

Without doubt, one of the best TVs of the year, LG’s 4K OLED redefines the way television should be, offering practically perfect blacks, a super thin panel, and an ultra high definition panel.

Now all you need is the content to play on this lovely 4K telly, but that’ll be next year, with 4K Blu-rays set to arrive in 2016.

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