People like to dream about winning a lottery jackpot but the odds are rarely in their favor.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1-in-292 million and there are plenty of things that are more likely. The current jackpot sits at $750 million with a cash option of $465.5 million and numbers will be drawn on Wednesday.
- 13 things more likely to happen than winning the Powerball jackpot
- 1. Get audited
- 2. Find a pearl in an oyster shell
- 3. Find a four-leaf clover
- 4. Get struck by lightning
- 5. Get killed by venomous plant or animal
- 6. Date a supermodel
- 7. Get killed by a bee sting
- 8. An asteroid hitting the Earth
- 9. Die in a plane crash
- 10. Have conjoined twins
- 11. Get attacked by a bear
- 12. Get attacked by a shark
- 13. Get killed by a vending machine
13 things more likely to happen than winning the Powerball jackpot
Here are 13 things that are more likely to happen than winning the Powerball jackpot:
1. Get audited
With tax season upon us, those with incomes over $1 million have a 1-in-25 chance of being audited while people making $200,000 or more have a 1-in-80 chance of being audited, according to The Washington Post. On average, a taxpayer has a 1-in-160 chance of being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.
2. Find a pearl in an oyster shell
Ever dream of shucking oysters and finding a pearl sitting in the shell? Your chances are highly unlikely, but you still have a better chance of finding a pearl than instantly winning millions. A 1-in-12,000 chance in fact, according to Spey, a high-end jewelry company.
3. Find a four-leaf clover
If you search hard enough, you may just find a four-leaf clover to perhaps secure some luck in winning the jackpot. Dr. John Frett, a professor of landscape horticulture and Director of the University of Delaware Botanical Garden, said there’s a 1-in-10,000 chance of finding a four-leaf clover. No guarantee they will help with any future lottery winnings though.
4. Get struck by lightning
Often when someone talks about winning a lottery jackpot, someone quips that they are more likely to be struck by lightning than win all that money. They’re not wrong. According to the National Weather Service, if someone lives until 80, their chance of being hit by lightning is 1-in-15,300.
5. Get killed by venomous plant or animal
We can’t all be Bear Grylls and know which plants and animals are safe for us to interact with in the wild. You have a 1-in-44,459 chance of being killed by a venomous animal or plant, according to the National Safety Council.
6. Date a supermodel
Your odds of bumping into Karlie Kloss walking the streets of New York and finding love at first site are not good, but still better than your chances of winning the Powerball jackpot. According to “Life: The Odds” written by Gregory Baer, a person has a 1-in-88,000 of dating a supermodel.
7. Get killed by a bee sting
For anyone who saw “My Girl” and sobbed their eyes out at Vada yelling that Thomas needed his glasses at his funeral knows that you can indeed die from bee and hornet stings. Some people are highly allergic and can go into anaphylaxis. The National Safety Council estimates that 1-in-46,562 people are killed by hornet, wasp and bee stings.
8. An asteroid hitting the Earth
The thought of an asteroid hitting the Earth is scary enough but the fact you’re more likely to be killed by an asteroid than win the lottery is terrifying. According to the National Safety Council, a person in the United States has a 1-in-75,000 chance of dying in a global impact asteroid strike.
9. Die in a plane crash
While flying in planes is typically considered to be a safer mode of transportation than driving in a car, you still have a better chance of dying in a plane crash. The National Safety Council estimates that people have a 1-in-188,364 chance of being killed in a crash.
10. Have conjoined twins
A woman is more likely to have conjoined twins than she is to win Powerball jackpot. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, there is a 1-in-200,000 chance of giving birth to conjoined twins.
11. Get attacked by a bear
Humans can sometimes startle bears while camping, which can sometimes lead to bear attacks. In Yellowstone National Park, there have been 38 people injured by grizzly bears since 1980. According to the National Park Service, you have a 1-in-2.7 million chance of being killed by a bear at Yellowstone.
12. Get attacked by a shark
“Jaws”, a movie based off a series of 1917 attacks at the Jersey Shore, may have you questioning a dip in the water. The likelihood of being attacked by a shark is low, but again, not as low as winning the lottery. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, people have a 1-in-3.7 million chance of being attacked by a shark.
13. Get killed by a vending machine
One day you’re trying to get a bag of chips from the vending machine and the next thing you know it’s lights outs. According to Amram Shapiro, author of “The Book of Odds,” people have a 1-in-112 million chance of being killed by a vending machine.
At least you have a better chance to win the lottery than compose the perfect NCAA Championship bracket. There’s only a 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance that will ever happen