Lottery or Lightning? Which One Is More Likely To Happen?

Are You More Likely To Win The Lottery Or Get Hit By Lightning?

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!

But lightning almost never strikes the north or south poles!

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!

Your Opinion?

So are you, depending on where you live, more likely to get hit by lightning, or might you win the lottery?

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7 Responses to Lottery or Lightning? Which One Is More Likely To Happen?

  1. peterson says:

    Putting the math aside of a moment, the odds on winning the lottery vary a lot because of several factors with the two most important ones being;

    a) How many tickets you buy.

    b) How many people participate.

    In the U.S. single state lotteries usually have odds of about 18 million to 1 while multiple state lotteries have odds as high as 120 million to 1.

    In the U.K. the odds on winning the lottery are about 14 million to one.

    The odds on getting killed by lightning are about 10 million to one.

    But the above figures are based on buying a single lottery ticket and getting all six numbers up that week, whereas the lightning figure is based on how many people per head of the population are killed by lightning per year!

    If we correct the above lightning figure by multiplying it by fifty two (520 million) then you’ve got a much better chance of winning the lottery than you have of being hit by lightning, and especially if you buy lots of tickets.

    That said, if you play the lottery for fun, feel good about help charities, and can afford to lose money, then go ahead and enjoy yourself, but if you play because you hope to make a bad financial situation better, then please don’t, because the odds on winning the lottery or getting hit by lightning are both so high that neither are likely to happen to you.

  2. no-shmuck says:

    Just a couple of tips.

    Don’t use your birthday because even if you win you’ll most likely have to share the prize with lots of others.

    Lots of people have the same birthday and lots of people use the dates.

    If you want totally random numbers which is what the lottery operators use then maybe try Probabilistic Magic.

  3. donald-drake says:

    Things That Are More Likely To Happen To You Than Winning The Lottery

    • Dying in a road accident when you drive 10 miles to buy your lottery ticket? You’re between three and twenty times more likely to get killed in the road accident than you are of winning the lottery.
    • If you play golf in a group of four people then the odds are about 17 million to one that two of you will get a hole in one in the same hole The odds on dying from flesh eating bacteria are about a million to 1.
    • Dying from a snake bite? The odds are about 100,000 to 1.
    • Chances that you’ll be executed on death row? Between about 30,000% to 200,000% more likely than winning the lottery.
    • The chance of dying because of an asteroid collision in 2029? You’re about 450,000 to 3,000,000 times more likely to die in an asteroid collision in the year 2029 than you are of winning the lottery.

    The big variation in some of the statistics is because of location, since if you live in Africa for example then the chances of dying on death row are far less than if you live in Texas.

  4. yellowstone says:

    If you really want a way to choose random lottery numbers then try this:

    Take at least eight wind up clocks and after winding the them up, leave them to run down and stop.

    After they’ve all stopped, starting with the first one, make a note of the position of the minute hand on the first six, and those will be your numbers for the coming week.

    What about the two additional clocks?

    They are in case two of the first six clocks show the same number of minutes.

    The above has made me a lot of money and I just have a shop that sells watches and clocks.

  5. thebear says:

    I prefer to us the equation 49!/(6!*(49-6)!)

    I like the fact that the odds of consecutive numbers coming up are the same

    Trouble is so many idiots do those numbers in case the come up so the prize would be split too many ways

    Sorry, its just my sense of humour :)

  6. credit score rating chart says:

    There’s a bigger chance of hitting the lottery…

  7. I think lightning’s scarier and rarer.