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More likely to be struck by lightning 500 times than winning $1 billion jackpot

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 18:01:21-05

SALT LAKE CITY — With the Mega Millions jackpot reaching an astounding $1 billion, many people, including Utahns who need to travel out-of-state to get a ticket, are dreaming of what they'd do with all that cash.

Problem is, the odds of winning the money are remote. So remote, you'd have a better chance of getting struck by lightning... 600 times..

The odds of winning Friday's drawing are 1-in-302,575,350, according to the Mega Millions website. To put that into perspective, the odds of being killed by a vending machine (however that would happen) are just 1-in-112,000,000.

President Joe Biden is feeling pretty good these after having just taken office. And while it seems his path to White House was a difficult one, his odds of becoming President of the United States were only 1-in-10,000,000.

Of course, if you don't want to bother with lottery tickets, our putting in any kind of work, you can always date a millionaire, where the 1-in-215 odds are certainly in your favor.

Utah Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert have parlayed their greatness on the court into millions; but compared to the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot, the 1-in-22,000 odds of them becoming pro athletes make their All-Star achievements sound downright simple.

Believe it or not, there are actually things more difficult than winning a $1 billion lottery jackpot. The MoneyMiniBlog says the odds of being hit by a meteor are 1-in-182,138,880,000,000.

So maybe the odds aren't always against us.