8 Things More Likely to Happen to You Than Winning Friday’s Lottery

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Friday’s Mega Millions lottery drawing will be the second-biggest jackpot ever: $868 million.

But before you rush out and buy a ticket, understand that the odds are stacked against you. In fact, your chances of winning the jackpot are just 1 in 302,575,350.

How unlikely is that? Following are several events where the odds are much better than winning the lottery.

Becoming a millionaire if you are under age 40: 1 in 55

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Having twins: 1 in 250

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Playing both high school basketball and in the NBA: 1 in 5,000

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Getting a hole-in-one: 1 in 12,500

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Being struck by lightning: 1 in 14,600

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Being legally executed: 1 in 119,012

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Getting a royal flush on your first hand: 1 in 649,740

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Being killed in a shark attack: 1 in 3,748,067

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Have you purchased a Mega Millions ticket? Let us know why or why not in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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