Are You More Likely To Win The Lottery Or Get Hit By Lightning?
We often hear that people that play the lottery are suckers, and that there’s a greater chance of getting hit by lightning than there is of winning the lottery.
But is that true?
Is the chance of getting hit by lightning really one in a million?
Is the chance of winning the lottery really 175 million to one?
Well first of all, it depends on where you live and which lottery you play.
So let’s look at the United States And Canada.
Being Hit By Lightning
The expression that the chances of being struck by lightning are approximately one in a million is perhaps the most widely quoted in the U.S.
And it’s pretty much true if you live in America.
But according to the U.S. National Weather Service, this statistic is based only on averages of reported lightning deaths and injuries in the United States.
And Florida experiences the largest number of recorded lightning strikes in the U.S.!
Alligators, sharks and lightning!
Winning The Lottery?
Canada’s biggest lottery jackpot of $54.3 million, was won by a group of 17 oil workers in Camrose, Alta., in October 2005.
Total ticket sales for that draw reached $99,474,164.
Out of almost 50 million tickets sold for that Lotto 6/49 draw, one extraordinarily lucky group beat the odds of one in 13,983,816
An according to the NYT
Powerball players, have a 1 in 175 million chance of winning.
Meaning that you have roughly the same chance of getting hit by lightning on your birthday!