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Odds of winning Powerball jackpot less than being hit by lightning -- twice

By Kristen Ketchell, WNCN News - RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) -- There's a chance at walking away with the estimated $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot on Wednesday.  Its a 1 in 292 million chance and your odds of matching every number in that drawing are considerably less than other things, like being struck by lightning.

Your odds of being struck by lightning this year are 1 in 960,000.  In your lifetime those odds drop to about 1 in 12,000.  Your odds of being struck by lightning twice in your lifetime are 1 in 9 million, which is still a higher chance than winning the Powerball.

What about getting struck by lightning while drowning?  Those odds are 1 in 183 million which 63 percent higher than hitting the Powerball.

Your odds of winning are better than hit by a falling satellite.   The chance of that happening is about 1 in 21 trillion.  But  with a jackpot so large it cannot even fit onto lottery billboards, its hard not to get wrapped up in the frenzy.


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