Winning the Lottery or Getting Struck By Lightning: Which Has the Better Odds?



When it comes to the lottery, someone has to win the money, right? Well, not so fast. Compared to the average odds of 302,575,350-to-1 for winning the lottery, getting struck by lightning seems like a near certainty. According to weather experts, a person has a 1-in-15,300 chance of getting hit by lightning in their lifetime — defined as an 80-year span. That makes your odds of getting struck by lightning nearly 20,000 times higher than the winning numbers for the lottery jackpot. Here are the odds for some other incredibly improbable events that you are still more likely to experience before winning the lottery: 

 

Yellowstone erupting: 1 in 730,000 in any given year. 

 

Being eaten by a shark: 1 in 3.7 million. 

 

Being killed by a meteorite: 1 in 700,000. 

 

Death by vending machine: 1 in 112 million.