The lottery only costs £2 and could win you millions. Totally worth it, right? Well just check out this list of outrageous things that are more likely than a lottery win, and see what you think…
The lottery has always been almost impossible to win, but since they added 10 extra numbers to the pot back in 2015, the odds have got even worse.
Back when the balls went up to 49, you had about a 1 in 14 million chance of winning. But with the numbers 50–59 joining the party, the odds have jumped to 1 in 45 million.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the price has also doubled to £2 per entry in recent years.
A multi-million pound jackpot may sound tempting, but if the odds and entry fee aren’t enough to put you off, check out this list of completely bizarre things that are still more likely to happen than you winning the lottery.
Dating a supermodel
Chance of happening: 1 in 88,000
Now, we’re not saying that it’s all about appearances – but it’s always nice to go out with someone who’s really, really, ridiculously good looking.
And not to get your hopes up or anything (1 in 88,000 is still ludicrously outlandish), but you’re over 500 times more likely to date a supermodel than you are to win the lottery.
Danny Dyer to be the next James Bond
Chance of happening: 1 in 501
We’ve all heard the rumours about Idris Elba, Richard Madden or Tom Hiddleston picking up the Aston Martin keys from Daniel Craig and becoming the next James Bond. But as good as all of those candidates would be, none of them are pwopa nawty enough in our opinion.
At 500/1 (or 1 in 501), Danny Dyer has the joint-worst odds of becoming the next Bond (according to who the bookies are actually accepting bets on). That puts him on equal footing with the likes of Harry Styles, David Walliams and Kristen Stewart.
Nonetheless, everyone’s favourite mockney geezer is still around 90,000 times more likely to get the role of 007 compared to your chances of winning the lottery, so stranger things quite literally have happened.
Repaying your Student Loan in full
Chance of happening: 1 in 6
Here at Save the Student, we’re always making a point of just how unlikely you are to repay your Student Loan in full. So the fact that even we are admitting that it’s more likely than winning the lottery should put your odds into perspective.
We’re exaggerating a bit here, but not that much. It’s estimated that 83% (roughly 5 in 6) of students will never pay back their loans in full, meaning that you’ve only got a one in six chance of clearing your debt.
While this is still about 7.5 million times more likely than winning the lottery, it’s still fairly unlikely, and it’s worth thinking long and hard about whether or not you should repay your Student Loan early.
Becoming a saint
Chance of happening: 1 in 20 million
Ok, Student Finance related stats over. Now it’s time to go big or go home.
The odds of you being canonised (the official term for being made a saint by the Pope) are a massive 20 million to one, which we can all agree is pretty unachievable unless you behave like… well, a saint.
But compare it to your odds of winning the lottery and you’re still more than twice as likely to be made a saint as you are to bag the jackpot. Holy sh*t.
Being struck by lightning
Chance of happening: 1 in 10 million
If you knew that you were almost five times more likely to be struck by lightning than win the lottery jackpot, would you still be so keen to check your numbers?
Well that’s the reality of the situation, even with the chances of being hit by a bolt standing at a whopping 1 in 10 million. Shocking stuff, eh?
Dying from being left-handed and using a right-handed product incorrectly
Chance of happening: 1 in 4.4 million
No, this isn’t a joke. It turns out that around 2,500 people every year die from being left-handed and using a right-handed piece of equipment incorrectly.
In fact, when you start to look at the actual causes of death, it’s a lot easier to understand how the figure is that high. Circular saws, for example, are usually made separately for left- and right-handed people.
But whether or not you think it’s a bizarre way to go, the fact remains: you’re more than 10 times more likely to die this way than win the lottery (unless you’re right-handed, of course…).
Winning an Oscar
Chance of happening: 1 in 11,500
Instinctively you might think that packing in uni and becoming a Hollywood megastar is about as unlikely as winning the lottery. But you’d be wrong.
Your chances of winning an Academy Award are a relatively small 1 in 11,500, but that’s still almost 4,000 times more likely than winning the lottery.
As it happens, bagging an Oscar is also more than twice as unlikely as Leicester City’s similarly cinematic Premier League triumph in 2016 – a 5,000/1 feat which was, in itself, a statistical and sporting miracle.
But don’t let that stop you from dreaming. If winning an Oscar is only twice as unlikely as something that actually happened, we say: go ahead and become the next Leonardo Di Caprio.
Having identical quadruplets
Chance of happening: 1 in 15 million
Most of us will know a pair of twins, or know of someone who has one of their own. Even fewer of us personally know a set of identical twins. Fewer of us still know of any triplets.
And we’d be prepared to wager that not a single one of you have ever come across quadruplets before – let alone identical ones.
But your odds of having your very own set of identical quadruplets are 1 in 15 million – still three times as likely as you winning the lottery.
Kim Kardashian becoming the President of the United States of America
Chance of happening: 1 in 501
Kim Kardashian becoming the next President of the United States of America instinctively feels like a stupid thing to suggest – and with odds of 500/1 (1 in 501), the bookies seem to agree.
But bizarrely, the odds of Kimmy K becoming the next POTUS are the same as Danny Dyer’s chances of becoming the next Bond. Curious, as whatever you may think of him, Mr Dyer is at least working in the right industry to land his prospective job.
We’re not quite sure how we feel about the bookies equating the likelihood of those two events, but what we can say is that Kim Kardashian becoming the first female president is still 90,000 times more likely than you winning the lottery.
Finding a four-leaf clover
Chance of happening: 1 in 10,000
If four-leaf clovers really are as lucky as they’re made out to be, maybe having one will boost the likelihood of a lottery win. Sadly, though, your chances of even finding this rarest of plants are a minuscule 1 in 10,000.
That said, you’re still 4,500 times more likely to chance upon a four-leaf clover than you are to win the lottery.
Or, to put it another way, if you’re considering entering the lottery or digging in the dirt for a clover, your time is probably better spent trying to get a first.
Becoming an astronaut
Chance of happening: 1 in 12 million
Apparently your chances of becoming an astronaut aren’t one in infinite and beyond – but they’re not far off. 1 in 12 million is outrageously unlikely, though if it’s your dream to go into outer space, don’t let this put you off! Hard work and plenty of brains could dramatically increase your graduate prospects.
Unfortunately, no amount of hard work and brains will help you win the lottery, as it’s still about four times less likely than you taking one small step for man.
Being crushed by a meteor
Chance of happening: 1 in 700,000
Meteors fall to earth all the time. It’s just that they usually burn up in the atmosphere before hitting the ground, and end up being far too small to cause anyone any harm (like in that episode of The Simpsons where Bart spots a comet and everyone thinks it’ll end the world).
But every now and then a big daddy makes its way in, and these are the ones that could crush you.
We’re not sure just how often a meteor hits a UK university campus, but worldwide there’s a 1 in 700,000 chance of being crushed by one, making it about 64 times more likely to happen than you winning the lottery. Bad times.
Winning an Olympic gold medal
Chance of happening: 1 in 662,000
When you account for the hard work, natural talent and sheer determination required to become the very best in the world at any given sport, it’s perhaps not a huge surprise that your chances of winning an Olympic gold medal are just 1 in 662,000.
Nonetheless, given that an Olympic triumph is still about 68 times more likely than winning the lottery, hitting the university gym in search of global success is still more sensible than trying to ace the lottery.
So, next time there’s a rollover and you think about buying four or five tickets, just remember: you’re four times more likely to go into outer space than you are to win the lottery.
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