It's true to say that you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the Powerball. But that woefully understates the danger of lightning.A problem with all of this is you have the government enticing people to waste their money on this gambling.
Tim Norfolk, a University of Akron mathematics professor who teaches a course on gambling, puts the odds of a lightning strike in a person's lifetime at 1 in 5,000. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot: 1 in 175 million.
While weather is the go-to analogy for such astronomical odds, Norfolk suggests there are better ones.
For example, you'd have a slightly better chance of randomly picking the name of one specific female in the United States: 1 in 157 million, according to the latest census.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Odds of winning the Powerball? 1 in 175 million. Struck by lightening? 1 in 5,000.
Getting hit by lightning or winning the lottery. Which is more likely? Not even close.