10 Things That Are More Likely Than Winning the Lottery

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 03: A customer purchases lottery tickets at a convenience store on January 3, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The Powerball jackpot and Mega Millions jackpots are both over $400 million at the same time for the first time. The Mega Millions $418 million jackpot would be the fourth largest and the $460 million Powerball jackpot would be the seventh largest in the game's history. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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If you want to become the next Saint Valentine, the odds are pretty slim: just 1 in 20 million, according to <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1474498.Life" target=“_blank">"Life: The Odds"</a> author Gregory Baer .
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The odds of becoming the next LeBron James or Kobe Bryant are 11 out of 1,000 — <i>if</i> you've been playing men's basketball in the NCAA, according to the <a href="http://www.scholarshipstats.com/odds-of-going-pro.htm" target="_blank">ScholarshipStats.com <a>
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The odds that you can also become a movie star and one day win an Academy Award are a little better. U.S. News and World Report stated the odds are only 1 in 1.6 million. (The odds appear to be better <a href="https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/sports/Kobe-Bryant-Wins-Oscar-for-Animated-Short-Dear-Basketball-475786373.html" target="_blank">if you're Kobe Bryant. <a>
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The <a href="http://injuryfacts.nsc.org/all-injuries/preventable-death-overview/odds-of-dying/" target="_blank">National Safety Council <a> says the odds that you die as a passenger on an airplane are only 1 in 205,552. This is still greater than the chances of winning Mega Millions or Powerball.
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The chances of finding a pearl in an oyster are 1 in 12,000, according to <a href="https://www.spey.com/2017/04/05/the-odds-of-finding-a-pearl/" target="_blank">Spey.com <a> which sells pearls to consumers online.
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The number of vending machine-related deaths has increased in recent years, but the odds remain slim: 1 in 112 million, according to<a href="https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062060853/the-book-of-odds" target="_blank">The Book of Odds <a> by Amram Shapiro.
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Imagine peacefully reading your favorite magazine on the toilet and then getting hurt. According to <a href="http://natgeotv.com/ca/human-shark-bait/facts" target="_blank">National Geographic,<a> toilets injured 43,000 Americans in 1996.
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The odds you can become the next president of the United States are 1 in 10 million, according to <a href="http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/28/15510840-11-things-more-likely-to-happen-than-winning-the-powerball-jackpot" target="_blank"> NBC News<a>.
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<a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2010/01/what_are_your_chances_of_dying.html" target="_blank">NPR<a> writes that chances of dying after being stuck in an elevator are around 1 in 10 million, still better than winning the lottery.
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The chances of a bear attack are 1 in 2.1 million, according to the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/injuries.htm" target="_blank">National Park System</a> .
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According to the <a href= "https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/bracket-beat/2016-03-14/march-madness-7-things-more-likely-happen-picking"target="_blank">NCAA<a>, the chances of picking a perfect bracket are one in 9.2 quintillion so there's no excuse not go out and play.
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