Monday, September 25

# Quiz: Your lousy chances of winning Mega Millions

The Mega Millions jackpot is over \$1.1 billion, and each ticket’s odds of winning Friday’s drawing are 1 in 302.6 million.

How bad are those odds?

Take this not-terribly-serious quiz to find out.

[As Mega Millions hits \$1 billion, winning doesn’t mean a happy ending]

### You’re 70 times more likely to be killed by a shark

That’s a bit of a cliche, but c’mon, it’s Shark Week! To be clear, you are extremely unlikely to be killed by a shark — the odds are 1 in 4.3 million, according to Florida Museum’s International Shark Attack File — yet you are 70 times more likely to be killed by a shark than to win a billion dollars.

Of course, the chance that you, specifically, are attacked by a shark depends greatly on whether you are in the water with an opportunistic shark, just like the chance that you win the lottery depends greatly on whether you buy a ticket. We are using overall odds for examples in this story; your situation will vary.

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