The Odds Of Life And The Lottery
You have 1 in 175,711,536 odds of winning tonight’s Mega Millions lottery jackpot. How does that compare to other events in life? Let’s take a look.
The odds of your identity being stolen today? 1 in 200.
You have a 1 in 3,623 chance of injuring yourself while mowing your lawn.
The odds of getting a hole-in-one in golf: 1 in 5,000.
The odds of bowling a 300 game: 1 in 11,500.
The odds of you injuring yourself with fireworks: 1 in about 20,000. Regardless, don’t play with fireworks.
Lightning hurts. You have a 1 in 576,000 chance of getting struck by lightning and a 1 in 2,300,000 chance of being killed from a lightning strike.
Depending on how many doughnuts you had this morning, the odds of you winning an Olympic medal: 1 in 662,000. Go team!
Revel is opening in a few days. If you like playing poker, the odds of getting a royal flush on the first five cards dealt to you are 1 in about 700,000.
Odds of dying from food poisoning: 1 in 3,000,000.
The chance of you dying from being hit by something falling off of a plane and striking you: 1 in 10,000,000.
The odds of you becoming an astronaut: 1 in 13,200,000.
Are you a really nice person? There’s a 1 in 20,000,000 chance you’ll become a saint.
Feeling adventurous? The chance of you being killed from a mountain lion attack is 1 in 32,000,000. I don’t think there are many mountain lions in Ocean City.
The chance you have of contracting the human version of mad cow disease is 1 in 40,000,000.
The odds of winning Mega Millions falls here at 1 in 175,711,536.
And the odds of you being killed from a shark attack are 1 in 300,000,000. Thank you, Martin Brody.