Will You Win the Lottery? Probably Not

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EARTH CITY, MO (KPLR) - We know this is probably going to ruin your day, but the odds of a person winning the lottery are literally slim to none.  The actual mathematical odds are really low: 1 in 176 million.  Most have a better shot at tons of things other than having the winning ticket:

1. You could be hit and killed by an asteroid
2. Become and astronaut
3. Struck by lightning
4. Win an Olympic gold medal
5. Being made a Saint

Most people stopping by a gas station today will be coughing up an extra dollar or two for a Mega Millions ticket. It's the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. And the $540 million  could go up to $600 million by the end of the day.

Missouri officials estimate they sold more than one million tickets Thursday and could sell another two million Friday. That's roughly 800 tickets a minute. And that's just in Missouri.

There are 42 state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Island where you can get Mega Millions tickets and they are selling like hotcakes there as well.

Here are the odds of some other things you are more likely to have happen to you according to website funny2.com.

Odds of getting a hole in one: 5,000 to 1
Odds of an American speaking Cherokee: 15,000 to 1
Odds of injury from using a chain saw: 4,464 to 1
Odds of injury from mowing the lawn: 3,623 to 1
Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1
Odds that a first marriage will survive without separation or divorce for 15 years: 1.3 to 1
Odds of being on plane with a drunken pilot: 117 to 1
Odds of being audited by the IRS: 175 to 1
Odds of having your identity stolen: 200 to 1
Odds of dating a millionaire: 215 to 1
Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1
Odds of finding out your child is a genius: 250 to 1
Odds of catching a ball at a major league ballgame: 563 to 1
Odds of becoming a pro athlete: 22,000 to 1
Odds of finding a four-leaf clover on first try: 10,000 to 1
Odds of a person in the military winning the Medal of Honor: 11,000 to 1
Odds of winning an Academy Award: 11,500 to 1

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