You are more likely to die while buying a lottery ticket than you are to win

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.

  1. Being killed by a vending machine (please don’t ask me how) – 1 in 112 million chance
  2. Dying from a wasp, hornet or bee sting – 1 in 6.1 million chance
  3. Dying from being left-handed and using a right-handed product incorrectly – 1 in 4.4 million chance
  4. Getting struck by lightning – 1 in 1 million chance
  5. Having identical quadruplets – 1 in 15 million chance
  6. 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.

  1. Shuffling a deck of cards into perfect, sequential order – 1 in 10^68 (that’s 1 followed by 68 zeroes!) chance
  2. 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?


4 responses to “You are more likely to die while buying a lottery ticket than you are to win

  1. Most of my colleagues thought that lottery is a fool’s game and the concept of “luck” is an absurd concept. Though you’ve got to admit that you must be really “lucky” if you win the lottery.


    • You have to be immensely lucky. The concept of luck is kind of absurd. Someone might win the lottery on the first try while someone else may not win a lottery even after a million tries.

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      • Some of my friends are statisticians so they don’t believe in luck. They always argue that it’s all about probability…


  2. The way people are killed by vending machines is the same reason they now have stickers on them with little pictures showing that you aren’t supposed to tip them.
    People tip the machine trying to dislodge a jammed can, discover that they accidentally tipped it past its balance point, the machine is heavier than they expected, and the machine falls over on top of them. If you are stupid enough to have made it through all of those steps, death is a fairly likely outcome.


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