Top 10 Rare Things More Likely to Happen Than Winning the Lottery

Everyone’s heard of the lottery. Everyone hopes to someday be lucky enough to have the winning ticket. But it’s really rare the Mega Millions is 1 in 302.6 million odds and the Powerball is 1 in 292.2 million. Either way it’s extremely rare. There are some strange or interesting things that are surprisingly more likely providing you only have one lottery ticket.
The Top Ten
1 Date a Supermodel (1 in 880,000)

It seems crazy to think about, but yes, you're more likely to date an attractive supermodel than win the lottery. Unfortunately, guys, the odds of dating someone considered that good-looking are still pretty low.

I don't even think I want to date a supermodel.

2 Become President of the U.S. (1 in 100 million)

If you've ever wanted to live in the White House, technically you have a 1 in 100 million chance of becoming the next President of the U.S., assuming you meet the eligibility requirements. That includes being old enough and a U.S. citizen.

Your odds are even better if you're a politician, male, between the ages of 40-72, and over 6 feet tall.

Yeah, well, I wasn't born in nor have I ever lived in the United States, so maybe winning the lottery is more realistic for me. Fingers crossed. Although I don't know, because I've never even bought a lottery ticket.

3 Win an Olympic Gold Medal (1 in 662,000)

The Olympics are held every four years with both Summer and Winter variants. Winning a gold medal is no easy accomplishment, but you right now have a better shot than dating a supermodel.

Your odds might be better if you have experience and have been training for a long time.

Man, 1 in 662,000? I'm going to train for the Olympics.

If only bowling were an Olympic sport.

4 Get Struck By Lightning (1 in 12,000)

If you're ever caught out in a thunderstorm, beware that while it's usually uncommon to get hit by lightning, you have a 1 in 12,000 chance of being struck in your lifetime.

Interesting. This is the only negative thing on the list. I have also heard you are more likely to die on your way to buying a lottery ticket than to win the lottery.

When you're playing a game of soccer in an empty field, the chances increase.

5 Make it to the NBA (1 in 11,771)

While most kids dream of going to the pros, it's realistically not going to happen. If you're a high school player, your odds of making it are 1 in 11,771.

It's a competitive game, and even getting to a D1 college like Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, or North Carolina is hard. For girls, it's even tougher at 1 in 13,015 odds.

See, this is why we should tell children to give up their dreams, not follow them.

10-year-old: When I grow up, I want to be a professional basketball player!

Me: Think again. You don't know how to shoot a basketball. You're the slowest runner in your class. You're only 4 feet 3, and you weigh over 130 pounds. Plus, you didn't even make your elementary school basketball team. Lol.

6 Hit a Hole in One in Golf (1 in 12,000)

Even if you're Tiger Woods, hitting a hole in one is quite rare. An average golfer has a 1 in 12,000 chance, which is better than you'd expect. Look at it this way: say you play an 18-hole round once a week. That's 936 holes of golf, meaning once in 13 years, you'll get lucky enough to sink it on the first try.

Oh yeah, this is hard. You have to be very lucky or superhuman to do this. I have known lots of people who have played golf a long time, and none of them have ever hit a hole in one in their lives.

Extreme skill gets your ball within 3 feet of the hole. Luck gets it in from there.

7 Be Dealt a Royal Flush in Poker (1 in 649,739)

I've actually gotten a royal flush before. It's kind of epic.

8 Be Accepted into Harvard University (1 in 20)

Harvard may be the most prestigious college in America. However, it's notoriously tough to get accepted. For the class of 2021, Harvard received 39,506 applications and admitted 2,037, resulting in an acceptance rate of about 5.2%.

That is assuming you are an above-average student who is dedicated to their academic career.

The only way you're getting into Harvard is if you're of the elite class and one of your parents is a U.S. senator or president.

It depends on how good your GPA is, your SAT/ACT score, how well you compare to the other students in your class, and how much money you have. For most people, the odds of getting accepted are more like 1 in 100,000.

9 Win an Oscar Award (1 in 11,500)

If you have never been involved with the development of a movie, then probably not. But if you are an average person, you have an estimated 1 in 11,500 chance of winning one of the 24 Oscar Awards given out every year.

Therefore, acting lessons may pay off more in the long run than a lottery ticket.

I was born to win an Oscar. I have been playing the part of a happy person my whole life and have fooled a lot of people, so I must be good at it.

10 Bowl a Perfect Game (1 in 11,500)

While bowling is a fun recreational sport, bowling a complete perfect game is rare. Getting 12 strikes in a row is virtually unthinkable, but the average bowler has a 1 in 11,500 chance.

Professional bowlers have significantly better odds at 1 in 460.

The Contenders
11 Having Autism (1 in 42)

I'm autistic. It's a gift. It allows me to think in pictures instead of words, unlike others.

12 Purposely Guess Something With 50/50 Odds Incorrectly 6 Times in a Row (1 in 64)
13 Catching an Albino Lobster (1 in 100 million)
14 Finding a Shiny Pokémon (1 in 8,192)
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