Things More Likely Than Winning the Lottery
The Powerball has hit a record high, with Wednesday's jackpot worth $1.5 billion, giving people daydreams of buying exotic animals to fill newly-purchased mansions.
But before you start booking fantasy vacations or making down payments on an island of penguins, you're not going to win. Given that your chance at winning the lottery is about 1 in 258.9 million, here's some things WAY more likely to happen to you than winning the lottery:
- Dying from listeria contracted from Blue Bell ice cream
Three people have died from listeria contracted after eating Blue Bell ice cream, making your odds of dying from contracting listeria from Blue Bell 1 in 106 million.
- Being hospitalized with a pogo-stick injury
According to Review Journal, 1 in 115,300 Americans ends up in the emergency room because of injuries suffered from pogo sticks.
- Being crushed to death by a vending machine.
According to Discovery News, vending machines crush and kill two people a year, putting the odds at 1 in 112 million.
- Contracting Ebola in the U.S.
Based on the 12 reported cases of Ebola in the United States in 2015, the odds are about 1 in 13.3 million that you’ll contract the virus this year, according to NPR.
- Going to the ER for treatment of a cat bite
According to the World Health Organization, about 66,000 people are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for cat bites annually, making your odds of being bit by a cat and needing ER treatment 1 in 4,818. (It's worth noting that WHO says adult women have the highest risk of suffering a cat bite requiring an ER visit).
- Being attacked by a shark
Your chances of being attacked by a shark in the United States are incredibly low at 1 in 11.5 million, but still 20 times more likely than winning the Powerball.
Statistics and probability aside, I'm feeling pretty damn confidant in my numbers (shown above), despite the haters telling me I picked too many numbers.