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# What are the odds? 21 Statistics that will surprise you

## Eaten by a shark vs. winning the lotto?

Do you ever wonder how likely you are to be struck by lightning? We did, too. So we did a little research to get the beat on the odds.

Before you dive in, you should know that a number of factors affect the real odds of something, most especially your specific behavior. A surfer has a greater likelihood of being attacked by a shark than someone who never goes into the water. That being said, we rounded up some interesting general stats.

1

### Odds of being diagnosed with cancer — 1 in 2

Turns out, cancer is only something that happens to someone else for 50 percent of us.

2

### Odds of being a victim of a serious crime — 1 in 20

Serious crimes include things like murder, assault, robbery and rape.

3

### Odds of being called to “Come on down!” on The Price is Right — 1 in 36

Given the stats on becoming a billionaire or winning the lotto, which we cover later, this is pretty good news.

4

### Odds of being audited by the IRS — 1 in 175

We wish this one would switch places with some others on the list. As Charlie Brown would say, “good grief!”

5

### Odds of being arrested while drunk driving — 1 in 200

With a designated driver, your chances are zero! Way better odds.

6

### Odds of being born with 11 fingers or toes — 1 in 500

This means that if you follow 1,000 people on Twitter, one or two of them were probably born with an extra appendage.

7

### Odds of dying from an injury in the next year — 1 in 1,820

We tend to think of injuries as minor, but they can be deadly.

8

### Odds of dying in a car accident — Between 1 in 4,000 and 1 in 8,000

If you text while driving, you increase you chances by six times — the same as driving after four beers.

9

### Odds of winning an Oscar — 1 in 11,500

Keep in mind, though, your odds are zero if you aren’t in the industry.

10

### Odds of finding a pearl in an oyster — 1 in 12,000

Given how hard it is to shuck an oyster, we hardly think it’s worth it.

11

### Odds of becoming a professional athlete — 1 in 22,000

We were hoping for the odds of marrying a pro athlete, but this will do.

12

### Odds of going blind after laser eye surgery — 1 in 85,714

From our research, it seems this stat must be related to legal blindness, rather than total blindness, but consider whether it’s worth the risk.

13

### Odds of dating a supermodel — 1 in 88,000

We'd venture a guess that these stats don't hold up when Leo DiCaprio is your competition. On the bright side, someone finally managed to take Adam Levine out of the equation.

14

### Odds of dying in an airplane crash — 1 in 354,319

Not too bad as compared to cars... or bikes, on which you have a 1 in 4,147 chance of dying.

15

### Odds of getting killed by fireworks — 1 in 616,488

About 66 percent of those occur on the Fourth of July.

16

### Odds of being struck by lightning — 1 in 700,000

Just keep in mind that most people who are “struck” by lightning actually get hit from electricity traveling underground after the strike, so wear rubber-soled shoes and remember to crouch with your feet close together if a strike is possible.

17

### Odds of becoming a billionaire — 1 in 7,000,000

Just keep in mind that some of the stats below show you how unlikely it is to become one by accident.

18

### Odds of becoming President of the U.S. — 1 in 10,000,000

Considering the president is only elected every four years and may serve two terms, those ain’t bad odds.

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### Odds of getting attacked by a shark — 1 in 11,500,000 (that’s five a year)

Not even close to the animal that kills the most people per year.

• Cows — 22
• Ants — 30
• Jellyfish — 40
• Deer — 130
• Hippos — 2,900
• Humans — 16,260

Shark Week will never be the same.

20

### Odds of winning \$1,000 in the McDonald’s Monopoly game — 1 in 36,950,005

You’re better off betting a financial-savvy-challenged friend a grand on a real game.

21

### Odds of winning the Mega Millions lottery — 1 in 135,145,920

At least you can still be president, right?