You probably already knew that one’s chances of winning the lottery are slim. And we are talking seriously slim here. On average, the chance that one will win a large, competitive lottery is around 1 in 200 million. Just to give you some perspective, here are some things that are more likely to happen than one winning the lottery.
- Being killed by a vending machine (please don’t ask me how) – 1 in 112 million chance
- Dying from a wasp, hornet or bee sting – 1 in 6.1 million chance
- Dying from being left-handed and using a right-handed product incorrectly – 1 in 4.4 million chance
- Getting struck by lightning – 1 in 1 million chance
- Having identical quadruplets – 1 in 15 million chance
- Getting a royal flush in a first hand of poker – 1 in 649,740 chance
Of course, the chances for all but the last point depend on several factors and conditions. For example, a bee-keeper is much more likely to die of a bee sting than someone who lives in Siberia (where there are barely any bees). By now you are probably feeling intimidated and disheartened at your prospects of ever winning the lottery again. You are probably thinking that there is nothing less likely than winning the lottery. But, just so that you don’t give up, I have also made a list of things that are less likely to happen than one winning the lottery.
- Shuffling a deck of cards into perfect, sequential order – 1 in 10^68 (that’s 1 followed by 68 zeroes!) chance
- Being hit by a meteor – 1 in 182,138,880,000,000 chance
So don’t give up. Though unlikely, you can win the lottery. If you think about it logically, someone has to win the lottery. So why can’t that someone be you?