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 "Life: The Odds" author Gregory Baer .
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The odds of becoming the next LeBron James or Kobe Bryant are 11 out of 1,000 — if you've been playing men's basketball in the NCAA, according to the ScholarshipStats.com
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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 if you're Kobe Bryant.
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The National Safety Council 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 Spey.com 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 toThe Book of Odds by Amram Shapiro.
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Imagine peacefully reading your favorite magazine on the toilet and then getting hurt. According to National Geographic, 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 NBC News.
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NPR 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 National Park System .
According to the NCAA, 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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