We know these atrocious stats won’t deter you. Because insane lottery jackpots often make people lose common sense.
Still, as you fantasize about buying castles or maybe 742 Lamborghinis, you may want to know your odds of winning this week’s insane Mega Millions or Powerball lotteries.
- Your odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.
- Your odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are better: 1 in 292,201,338.
Either way, you’re far more likely to …
… get murdered during a visit to the Grand Canyon
You have a 1 in 8,156,000 chance of getting murdered during a trip to the Grand Canyon. It’s actually 35 times more likely than winning the jackpot. So watch your back.
… have extra fingers or toes
The chances of having polydactyly – or extra fingers or toes – ranges from 1 in 500 to 1 in 1,000. That’s more than 292,200 times greater than hitting either jackpot.
… accidentally suffocate in bed
You have a 1 in 4,459 chance of dying from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed. That’s 65,530 times more likely than winning the lottery.
… have quintuplets naturally
If you’re expecting a newborn, your odds of naturally having five kids instead of one is 1 in 55,000,000. That’s five times more likely than hitting the jackpot. That’s a lot of babies.
… get killed by fireworks
You have a 1 in 340,733 chance of getting killed by fireworks. So if you use pyrotechnics to celebrate winning the lottery, please know that your odds of dying from those fireworks are 857 times greater than hitting the jackpot you just won.