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Things more likely to happen than winning Powerball

While you just have a 1 in 960,000

While you just have a 1 in 960,000 chance of being struck by lightning this year, it's still far less likely you'll strike the winning jackpot numbers in Powerball. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images

While the allure of instant riches is what drives the sale of Powerball tickets, the odds you'll become a millionaire thanks to a $2 ticket are slim.

According to Powerball's website, the odds of hitting the jackpot numbers exactly (five numbers and the Powerball) are 1 in 292,201,338.

With that in mind, here are the odds of some other things more likely to happen than winning the Powerball jackpot.

IRS audit (1 in 104)

According to Kiplinger's, a personal finance authority, your chances of being one of the individuals the Internal Revenue Service audits in a single year are 1 in 104.

Being drafted by an NBA team (1 in 3,333)

According to the NCAA, if you're a high school senior playing basketball, your odds of being called in the NBA Draft are 3 in 10,000. Your odds are slightly better to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team (1 in 200), a National Football League team (1 in 1,250) or a National Hockey League team (1 in 1,400) if you play these sports as a senior in high school.

Living to be 100 (1 in 5,780)

According to the Census Bureau, an American has a 1.73 in 10,000 chance of living to the age of 100 -- less than the odds of becoming one in Sweden (1 in 5,208), Britain (1 in 5,128) or France (1 in 3,704).

Hitting a hole-in-one (1 in 12,500)

According to Golf Digest, an amateur golfer's chances of hitting a hole-in-one are 1 in 12,500. If you're a pro golfer, the odds are slightly better at 1 in 2,500.

Being dealt a royal flush (1 in 649,740)

According to Central Washington University, your chances of being dealt a royal flush -- a 10, jack, queen, king and ace of the same suit -- in a five-card poker hand are 4 in 2,598,960. Your odds are slightly better for a straight flush -- 1 in 72,193 -- or four of a kind -- 1 in 4,165.

Being struck by lightning in 2016 (1 in 960,000)

According to the National Weather Service, you have a nearly 1 in a million chance of being struck by lightning this year. If you live to age 80, that means you have a 1 in 12,000 chance of being struck at some point in your lifetime.

Winning an Oscar (1 in 7,000,000)

According to eHow, with the estimated new categories for excellence in filmmaking, 2,220 Oscars will be handed out in a person's lifetime, with a 1 in 7 million chance you'll end up winning a golden statue.

Being bitten by a shark (1 in 11,500,000)

Despite the fear spawned by “Jaws,” according to the Florida Museum of Natural History, your odds of being bitten by a shark are very small at 1 in 11.5 million.


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