Powerball fever is sweeping across the country and rightfully so. As a matter of fact, our temperature is on the rise for Mega Millions as well!

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With tonight's (7/3/23) Powerball jackpot worth an estimated $522 million, Americans of all backgrounds are having visions of quitting their jobs and living the life of luxury!

Top that off with a Mega Millions drawing tomorrow night, (7/4/23) for $400 million, and this could be an extremely profitable week for some lucky players.   But just how lucky do you have to be to win one of these drawings?

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Experts say that the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.

Now, those odds seem relatively low when you consider that Forbes estimates the odds of picking the perfect March Madness bracket at 1 in 9.2 quintillion, but the odds are still some of the most extreme you'll find.

You Can't Believe The Stuff More Likely Than Winning The Lottery

In fact, we have identified some truly improbable feats and determined these things are more likely to happen than winning than matching those six little balls.

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The odds of being struck by lightning are only 1 in 15,300. This means you are nearly 20,000 times more likely to be hit by a lightning bolt than win the lottery.

Just Look At These Insane Improbabilities

  • Hitting a hole in one playing golf – 1 in 12,500
  • Bowling a perfect 300 game – 1 in 11,500
  • Your child becoming a professional baseball player – just under 1 in a million
  • Being audited by the IRS – 1 in 220
  • Becoming a movie star – 1 in 1,190,000
  • Going blind after laser eye surgery – 1 in 5 million
  • Getting attacked by a shark – 1 in 3.7 million
  • Finding a pearl in an oyster – 1 in 11,500
  • Being injured by a toilet – 1 in 10,000
  • Giving birth to quintuplets – 1 in 60 million
  • Winning an Olympic Gold Medal – 1 in 662,000
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Yes, you read those numbers correctly and you are 457 times more likely to win a gold medal in the Olympics than to win the lottery.  However, the allure of the possibility of becoming independently wealthy is too great for most of us to resist purchasing a ticket, so good luck and I'll see you in line at the convenience store.

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