The jackpot is now considered stunning $ 1 billion. That’s only $ 500 million from Mega Millions’ highest jackpot to date – $ 1.537 billion, all won by a single South Carolina ticket holder.
But it’s also strong, strongly you are unlikely to win everything: The odds for scoring the jackpot are one in 1 on 302 575 350.
Sorry about that. You can still try your luck with the lottery. But it is much more likely to …
Your chances of being struck by lightning are around 1 in 500,000, say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s still a pretty unlikely event, but the southeastern states are at the highest risk – especially Florida, considered the “lightning capital of the United States,” as more than 2,000 people have been struck by lightning there in the past 50 years.
Be allergic to water
Only one in 230 million people have a water allergy, a condition called water urticaria, according to the BBC. People with rare allergies develop urticaria when their skin comes in contact with water.
Become a saint
You have 1 in 20 million a chance to be canonized in the Catholic Church, according to Gregory Bayer, author of Life: Chances. He told ABC News before his book was published in 2003 that you had a better chance of being called pope.
Become a movie star
You may have preserved stellar power, but you also have 1 of 1,190,000 a chance to shoot on the silver screen, according to Amram Shapiro’s Book of Chance. Hollywood is not a joke.
Do it in the NBA under 6 feet tall
Strangely specific, of course, but if you’re less than 6 feet, you have 1 of 1.2 million odds to become a professional basketball player, according to the New York Times. However, if you were 7 feet tall, you would make a 1 on 7 shot, but rising to that height is also incredibly rare.
If you are still trying your luck with the lottery
The next draw of Mega Millions is Friday at 23:00 ET. If you win everything, your cash option is $ 739.6 million, which is certainly not for sneezing. But don’t feel bad if you don’t score big – the odds weren’t in your favor anyway.