These 25 things are more likely to happen to you than winning $1.6B Mega Millions jackpot


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Many people are dreaming of hitting the massive Mega Millions jackpot, which is now estimated at $1.6 billion. 

What are your chances of winning? 

Well, the odds are so poor that you’re more likely to say… survive a plane crash or be killed by a mountain lion. 

It’s slim pickings for all of us!

According to lottery officials, the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850. 

Here are 25 other scenarios that are reportedly more likely to happen to you versus winning the lottery: 

1. Getting into Harvard: Harvard University received at least 39,000 applicants for its class of 2021, and with an acceptance rate of five percent, applicants had a 1-in-20 chance of being admitted

2. Being a victim of a shark attack: 1 in 11.5 million

3. Death by Vending Machine: 1 in 112 million

4. Becoming the President of the United States: 1 in 32.6 million chance of being elected if you meet the qualifications

5. Having a child prodigy: average IQ of a certified genius is 150 and 1 in 1,100 people have IQ levels that match that level or exceed it; Galileo and Leonardo Da Vinci are estimated to have IQs of at least 180 – those odds are 1 in 3.5 million

6. Having identical quadruplets: 1 in 15 million

7. Struck by lightning: 1 in 1 million chance

8. Being dealt a royal flush in an opening hand in poker: 1 in 649,739

9. Being diagnosed with the plague: 1 in 46.6 million unless you keep up your hygiene.

10. Hitting a hole-in-one in a golf game: professional golfers – 1 in 3,000; average golfers – 1 in 12,000

11. Becoming a professional basketball player: male high school athlete – 1 in 11,771; female high school athlete – 1 in 13,015

12. Surviving a plane crash: 1 in 2.63

13. Having a tax return audited: 1 in 123

14. Death by falling coconut: 1 in 50.7 million

15. Bowl a perfect 300 game: professional bowler – 1 in 460; average bowler – 1 in 11,500

16. Death by mountain lion: 1 in 32 million

17. Becoming a saint: 1 in 9.2 million

18. Predicting correct outcomes of all Sweet 16 teams in March Madness: 1 in 1.9 million

19. Death from being left-handed: 1 in 4.4 million

20. Becoming an astronaut: 1 in 12.1 million

21. Death by asteroid/meteor: 1 in 1.6 million

22. Death by hippopotamus: 1 in 2.5 million

23. Dating a supermodel: 1 in 880,000

24. Having conjoined twins: 1 in 200,000

25. Becoming a millionaire: 1 in 30 (based on U.S. economy)

If you’re still feeling lucky, don’t forget to get your ticket!

Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is up to $1.6 billion — a world record, and Wednesday’s Power Ball jackpot is up to $620 million — combined that’s a total of $2.2 billion.

In preparation for your big win, check out some tips on how to handle your massive fortune once you hit the jackpot. 

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