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Regardless of how many tickets you may buy, playing at the lottery is not at all blood, tears and sweat, is it? It’s like nailing the jelly to the wall wishing to get stuck. And those of you who had already made a habit of it should know by now that there are at least 10 things more likely to happen to you than winning the lottery.
Check out which are the odds of hitting the jackpot and living that glorifying moment you have so long waited for.
1. The Balloon Blitzkrieg
When you have a lovely get-together all planned out, guests about to arrive, champagne on the table, worrying about children getting slaughtered by balloons should be the first thing ticked off your party list. Because unlike winning the lottery, this is actually feasible (1 in 30,350,000).
2. Blessing in disguise
A bureaucratic mistake such as being declared dead while you’re alive and kicking is more likely to happen than hitting the jackpot: 1 in 23,000. If Mary Poppins was right and “anything can happen”, then you’re in for a great undercover Bondy, James Bondy experience.
3. The last somersault
It is more likely for you to get drowned in your own bathtub (1 in 840,000) than winning a life-changing prize. Actually, this is so out-of-the-question that it applies even if you have only a shower stall at home. Yes, even if you share your chores with a full-time lifeguard.
4. Not just any puppy love
The opportunity of dating a supermodel comes once in a blue moon. Pilates classes, SPA appointments and music therapy can quickly get your hopes up, and put you on cloud nine alongside a Claudia Schiffer replica. You have 1 in 88,000 chances to work on this. Forget about that lottery thing, learn from what happened to these winners.
5. Your own “I had a dream”
You will make the likes of Federer envy, as a professional athlete (1 in 22,000). You will promote your own Obamacare, as the 46th US president (1 in 10 million). You will make the next big leap for humankind, as an astronaut (1 in 12,100,000). After putting these titles in your resume, you might have some chances to win the lottery too.
6. A message from above
Hoping to win millions of dollars with a $3 ticket is the closest you can get to fulfilling that dream. The Force from Star Wars or religious beliefs may be of use, but you never know how the universe will respond to your prayers. A furious meteorite can hit you all of the sudden (1 in 700,000).
7. The most-wanted toddler
Giving birth to prodigies expresses precisely what the luck of the draw means. But it’s hard to even up what Dickens and Galileo have brought to the world (1 in 1 million). But if you pull that off, you won’t need to worry about winning the lottery, since a gifted child will surely invent something extraordinary.
8. A star among the stars
You have 1 in 662,000 chance to hold an Olympic trophy. How’s that for a lovely Tuesday? Once you carry that out, the likelihood of you winning the lottery will rise notably. Now, what’s left for you to do is to pick out a favourite sport, and give it a go. Curling, perhaps?
9. The pseudo-culprit
It is more likely to pay for a crime you haven’t committed than paying for a $3 ticket and win the lottery. About 0,027 percent of all the national convictions are wrongfully sealed up, and 1 in 24 ends up in a death sentence. The pitfalls of life’s happenings aren’t all as cheerful as lottery prizes.
10. Another holy moly
A person of letters, are you? The odds of writing a New York Times best seller is as slim as any other miracle you can experience. You have 1 shot out of 220 to have your masterpiece placed on the same shelf with “The Martian”, “Killing Reagan” or “Come rain or come shine”.