Everybody loves **money**, but you know what everybody loves even more than money? Statistics. OK, maybe that’s just me. In any event, tonight there is going to be a drawing for the largest** Mega Millions Jackpot** — the largest lottery jackpot in general — in history. It’s reported, at the time of this writing, to be a whopping $640 million dollars, or roughly the net worth of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. You can win your own Facebook co-founder(‘s net worth). Of course, your chances of winning are minuscule, a nice 1 to 175,711,536 or a .000000005% chance. But what fun is knowing that if you can’t put it into perspective against a bunch of wacky things? Every self-respecting blog should have a list; here’s ours.

For the sake of argument, just imagine that personal choice doesn’t exist. All these stats are based on nothing but your existence as a citizen of the country, world, universe.

**The bad news: Winning the lotto is unlikely.**

- You are
**305**times more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to win the lotto.^{1} - You are
**207**times more likely to get dealt a royal flush.^{2} - You are
**7**times more likely to be dealt a royal flush, bet the winnings on 00 in roulette, and win.^{3} - You are
**10,336**times more likely to be born albino.^{4} - You are
**24**times more likely to be executed in the U.S.^{5} - And
**3**times more likely to be put on death row and then exonerated.^{5} - You are
**1,004,065**times more likely to be audited by the IRS.^{1} - You are
**3,514,230**times more likely to be smart enough to be in Mensa.^{7} - If you’re on Twitter, you’re
**7,028,461**times more likely to be following Lady Gaga (1 in 25).^{10} - But only
**21,920**times more likely to be following Geekosystem. - And a mere
**57**times more likely to be following me.

**The unremarkable news**

- You are exactly as likely to win the lotto as you are to win the lotto.
^{duh}

**The good news: Other things are significantly more unlikely.**

- You are
**1,888**times more likely to win the lotto than you are to be struck by lightning twice.^{1} - You are
**119,514**times more likely to win the lotto than you are to be hit by falling space debris.^{8} - You are
**52,358,542,924**times more likely to win the lotto than you are to stumble upon a perfect bracket by random chance.^{9} - And lastly, you are
**38,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000**times more likely to win the lotto than you are to experience quantum tunneling.^{6}

**The obvious news**

- You have a zero percent chance of winning the lotto if you don’t play.
^{duh} - You also stand a zero percent chance of winning the lotto if you have yet to be born, or are dead.
^{I’m trying to be funny}

To any and all of you that have bought tickets out there, best of luck to you and may your every delusion come true.

Sources

1. Funny2

2. Wikipedia: Poker

3. Wikipedia: Roulette

4. Wikipedia: Albinism

5. Death Penalty Information Center

6. Physlink

7. IQ Basics

8. Huffington Post

9. CBS

10. Twopcharts