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21 Shocking Statistics — Including the Likelihood of a Big Lotto Win

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How likely are you really to be eaten by a shark or struck by lightening? We've got the odds

You hear people throwing out random facts all the time, preaching them as truth. You know what we're talking about. We're willing to bet you've heard, "You're more likely to die driving to work than to be eaten by a shark," like a million times.

But it got us wondering: How many of these statistical musings are actually true? So we did a little research to get the real lowdown on the odds.

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Just note you that a number of factors affect the real odds of something, especially your specific behavior. Someone who surfs everyday has a greater likelihood of being attacked by a shark than someone who never goes into the water, for instance. That being said, we rounded up some interesting general stats.

1. Odds of being diagnosed with cancer — 1 in 2 for men, 1 in 3 for women

A 50 percent chance of getting cancer in your lifetime is pretty alarming, but don't freak out just yet.

"The numbers reflect a few things: First, people are living longer, and advancing age is a significant risk factor for cancer," Len Lichtenfeld, M.D., deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, told Men's Health. "Also, we’re diagnosing cancer at greater rates because of technological advances in screening, such as mammography for breast cancer and PSA tests for prostate cancer."

Dr. Lichtenfeld also pointed out that cancer deaths have actually declined 20 percent since the early 1990s.

2. Odds of being a victim of a serious crime — 1 in 47 for men, 1 in 52 for women

According to's 2016 statistics, men are more likely than women to be victims of serious crime (serious crimes include things like murder, assault, robbery and rape).

Obviously there's all kinds of factors that contribute to your own personal risk of being victimized. Check out this handy dandy little assessment to rate yours.

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

1 in 36? Not too shabby. Given the stats on becoming a billionaire or winning the lotto, which we cover later, this is pretty good news.

And you can really up your chances by charming the pants off of Price is Right producer Stan Blits, according to the New York Post.

4. Odds of being audited by the IRS — 1 in 100

This number seems super high, but don't panic. This factors in all tax returns filed — including those filed by billionaires and huge corporations. But if you are earning a middle-class income, you don't have a whole lot to worry about.

"If you earn less than $200,000 annually and don’t attach Schedules C or E to your tax return, statistically speaking, you have a better chance of being abducted by aliens or dating Taylor Swift than being audited," says Forbes.

5. Odds of being involved in a drunk driving crash — 2 out of 3

Two out of three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime, according to MADD. Lower your risk by always designating a driver.

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 — which is medically known as polydactyly, according to MedicineNet.

7. Odds of dying from firearm assault — 1 in 358

Your odds of being shot and killed in your lifetime are 1 in 358, according to the National Safety Council.

8. Odds of dying in a car accident — 1 in 113

These odds, provided by the National Safety Council, are pretty scary. 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 don't try. However, the odds of becoming a movie star are 1 in 1,505,000, according to U.S. News. Not exactly encouraging.

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 being drafted by the NBA — 1 in 6,864,000

Don't mean to put a damper on your dreams, but yikes. Statistics presented by are pretty bleak.

12. Odds of going blind after laser eye surgery — 1 in 5 million

According to London Vision Clinic, if you choose a good surgeon your chances of going blind are extremely slim.

13. Odds of being injured by a toilet — 1 in 10,000

Kind of surprised that this stat (provided by London Vision Clinic) is so high. Be careful out there, people.

14. Odds of dying in an airplane crash — 1 in 9,737

Not too bad as compared to cars... or motorcycles, on which you have a 1 in 948 chance of dying, according to the National Safety Council.

15. Odds of getting killed by fireworks — 1 in 340,733

Odds by being killed by fireworks aren't super high, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History, but it does happen. And, as you can imagine, most of those deaths occur on the Fourth of July.

16. Odds of being struck and killed by lightening — 1 in 174,426

It's true, there's not a whole lot of people that get struck by lightening, according to the National Safety Council — but it does happen. 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 — Pretty much none

Forbes says there's now 1,426 billionaires out there running amok, and roughly 7 billion people on the planet. You do the math.

18. Odds of becoming President of the U.S. — 1 in 10 million

And, yet, somehow Donald Trump beat the odds.

19. Odds of getting attacked by a shark — 1 in 11.5 million

Shark attacks get all kinds of media attention, but turns out they hardly ever happen, according to the University of Florida's 2010 International Shark Attack File, via Seeker. You're actually much more likely to die as a result of coming into contact with hornets, wasps or bees (1 in 64,706) than even being bitten by a shark, according to the National Safety Council.

20. Odds of winning $1 million in the McDonald’s Monopoly game — 1 in 513,591,720

Um, yeah, according to research done by StarPulse, you're gonna have to eat a whole lotta Mickey D's to win that money.

21. Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot — 1 in 175,223,510

How likely are you really to be eaten by a shark or struck by lightening? We've got the odds
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At least you can still be president, right?

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How likely are you really to be eaten by a shark or struck by lightening? We've got the odds
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Originally published December 2013. Updated February 2017.

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