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.