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Mega Millions Odds: You're Far More Likely to Be Affected By Extreme Weather

By Sean Breslin
Published: December 17, 2013

Hit By a Tornado: Once Every 913,125 Days

Hit By a Tornado: Once Every 913,125 Days

According to Dr. Greg Forbes, severe weather expert at The Weather Channel, that's how often a tornado touches down in a particular spot in the central U.S. (approximately once every 2,500 years). Elsewhere in the U.S., the odds dip to roughly once in more than 10,000 years. (Eric Francis/Getty Images)

  • Hit By a Tornado: Once Every 913,125 Days
  • Lightning: 1 in 1 Million
  • Category 5 Hurricane Making Landfall in the U.S.: 1 in 9,982
  • Dying in a Flood: 1 in 30,000
  • Death by Tsunami: 1 in 500,000
  • Death by Plane Crash: 1 in 11 Million
  • Fireworks Injury: 1 in 19,556
  • Asteroid Impacting Earth: 1 in 200,000
  • Death by Earthquake: 1 in 131,890
  • Death in a Car Crash: 1 in 100
  • Death by Natural Forces: 1 in 3,357

Debbie Downers, rejoice – your odds of winning Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing are far smaller than your chance of being a victim of extreme weather.

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Pictured above is a rundown of severe weather events and the odds you'll be affected or killed by each, as well as a few other scary situations. As of Tuesday morning, the jackpot for a single winner of the next Mega Millions drawing sits at $636 million, which would be the second-largest Mega Millions payout, according to an ABCNews.com report.

Recently, the game's odds have gotten even worse: Your chance of taking home the big prize is just 1 in 259 million, up from 1 in 176 million, reports Cleveland.com.

It's a gamble with a very unlikely reward, but somebody will win eventually. If your numbers are called and you skirt the odds, keep in mind there's nothing wrong with sharing a little piece of the jackpot with the writers of your favorite weather website.


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