How likely is a Mega Millions jackpot?
With the Mega Millions jackpot at a whopping $400 million, it seems everyone is dreaming of a win. But the odds -- 1 in 259 million -- are steep for even the most avid optimist. "I like to say that luck is when you start taking probabilities personally," says Professor Daniel W. Denman who specializes in the study of probability, luck and coincidence at the University of Maryland. With probabilities in mind, we are counting down the likelihood of odd events (yes, we included lighting) from most likely to least likely.
Sources: State Farm, The Book of Odds, National Safety Council, discovertheodds.com