How likely are certain things to happen? If you ask three of your friends, then most likely they will all give you different odds for everything, be it getting hit by a car, chances or rain today, or anything else. But the real odds for some things can actually be really interesting to learn about.
Odds of becoming a movie star
Obviously, this assumes you are actually going to do something about it and actually try to become a movie star. But according to TIME magazine, the odds of that are 1 in 1,505,000. Not very encouraging, is it?
Odds of being a victim of a serious crime
Based on information from crimeinamerica.net’s 2016 statistics, the odds for that are 1 in 47 for men and 1 in 52 for women.
Odds of being involved in a drunk driving crash
According to MADD.org the chances of that happening during your lifetime are 2 out of 3. Sounds pretty high. But at the same time, if you’re from Malta where drunk driving is not an exception but a rule, these odds sound about right.
Odds of getting killed from an asteroid strike
No need to to panic, your odds for that are 1 in 74,817,414.
Odds of dying from car crash or airplane accident
Some people are afraid of flying, but if you look at the odds, you are way more likely to die in a car, or motorcycle accident. Odds for that are 1 in 948 based on data by National Safety Council while odds of dying in an airplane crash are 1 in 9,737.
Odds of being struck by lightning
The chance of getting killed by lighting is 1 in 174,426, however, the odds of getting struck by lightning during your lifetime are 1 in 3000. Then again, I have heard about a person who managed to get struck by lightning twice in one week, both times non-lethally fortunately. And one United States park ranger managed to get hit by lightning seven times during his lifetime and survived all of them.
Odds of winning a lottery
Depending on which lottery you’re talking about the odds vary, but in case of winning Powerball jackpot, the odds are 1 in 175,223,510. If you want to see if you can beat the odds, and prefer not to get hit by a lightning, or overrun by a drunk driver, while walking to buy the lottery ticket, you might be interested in learning how can i buy lottery tickets online instead.
Odds of becoming President of the U.S
Well, considering who the current president is, does it really matter? Obviously, they are higher than most of the things in life.
By the end of the day, should you really care about the odds of things? Maybe not. But at the same time, even if the odds of something happening are low, there’s also the luck, or no luck factor in play. Just think of Trump. If people would have made a bet ten years ago about the chances of Trump ever becoming a president, you would have probably won your money back 10k times.