Mike Catalano, chairman of the mathematics department at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., discusses the odds of winning in lottery games with his students to show how unlikely it is. He calculates winning a huge lottery to be roughly 1 in 176 million - and gets worse the more tickets are purchased. "You're about 50 times as likely to get struck by lightening as to win the lottery, based on the 90 people a year getting struck by lightening," Catalano said. "Of course, if you buy 50 tickets, you've equalized your chances of winning the jackpot with getting struck by lightning." Interesting. I couldn't help wonder what else might be more likely than winning the lottery. The answers were amusing and even a little alarming. Related: What you could do with $310 million? Here's a guide'
You're 2,285,714 times more likely to die in a transportation accident. Utahans driving to Idaho might want to take note.
Odds: 77 to 1
You're 13 times more likely to pick a perfect NCAA bracket. My recommendation is to go with the cutest mascots.
Odds: 13,460,000 to 1
You're 1,526 times more likely to visit the ER due to an injury from a pogo stick. Just say no to the pogo. Unless you're Jeremy Evans.
The Utah Jazz's Jeremy "The Human Pogo Stick" Evans, 2012 winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest
Odds: 115,300 to 1
You're 35,200 times more likely to get a hole in one. What are the odds that I'm the only one in my golf party to have never gotten a hole in one? Or perhaps the better question is, what are the odds they're all lying?
Odds: 5,000 to 1
You're almost 9 times more likely to be canonized. A boy can dream.
Odds: 20,000,000 to 1
You're 266 times more likely to win an Olympic gold medal. That explains the Jamaican bobsled team.
Odds: 662,000 to 1
You're 2,000 times more likely to be currently dating a supermodel. So you're saying I have a chance?
Odds: 88,000 to 1
You're 9,777 times more likely to be murdered. But the odds even out A LOT if you know a guy with an old hockey mask and a machete. Oh... And if you live anywhere near Crystal Lake.
Odds: 18,000 to 1
You're 1 million times more likely to be audited by the IRS. And whatever you do, don't talk about Timothy Geithner. Right Glenn?
Odds: 175 to 1
You're 704,000 times more likely to find out your child is a genius. And to think, I have four of them!
Odds: 250 to 1
You're 8,000 times more likely to become a pro athlete for most people. It's more like 176 million times more likely for your typical High School superstar.
Odds: 22,000 to 1
You're 176,000 times more likely to find a four leaf clover on your first try. If you were wondering what the exact definition was for "luck of the Irish," here you go.
Odds:10,000 to 1
You're 15,000 times more likely to win an academy award. Odds they like you? They really like you? Much, much worse.
Odds: 11,500 to 1
You're 48,587 times more likely to injure yourself mowing the lawn. Unless you've pimped your lawn mower. Then it's slightly higher.
Odds: 3,623 to 1
You're 35,000 times more likely to be living on the earth when a catastrophic asteroid hits. Cue the Aerosmith.
Odds: 5,000 to 1
You're 123,000,000 times more likely to get married after the age of 40. Utah mothers everywhere can breath a sigh of relief. And Jen, just relax. It'll come.
Odds: 2.5 to 1
You're 818,600 times more likely to date a millionaire. And millions of college students wondering how they're going to pay off their student loans breath a sigh of relief.
Odds: 215 to 1
You're 26,727 times more likely to cut yourself shaving. Seriously? Why does it happen to me every morning?
Odds: 6,585 to 1
You're 39,426 times more likely to be seriously injured by a chainsaw. I keep writing my congressman about those outdated chainsaw control laws. When will they ever listen?
Odds: 4,464 to 1
The good news is you're 1,034,880 times MORE likely to win the lottery than to have a meteor land on your house. I knew I should have entered the office pool.
Odds: 182,138,880,000,000 to 1