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25 things more likely to happen to you than winning the lottery

The Motley Fool Logo By Selena Maranjian of The Motley Fool | Slide 1 of 26: Americans spent more than$80 billion on lottery tickets in 2016 -- more thanthey spent on books, movie tickets, music, video games, and sports tickets --combined. The reason why is clear: Lotteries offer the chance of striking itrich. Plenty of jackpots in recent years have offered hundreds of millions ofdollars. There's a problem, though: While the potential payoff may beastronomic, the chance of winning it is microscopic. The odds of winning thePowerball or Mega Millions grand prize are, respectively, 1 in 292,201,338 and1 in 302,575,350. There are about 327 million people in America, so it's almostlike randomly picking one resident as the winner.ALSO READ: Maybe You Were Better Off Not Winning the Lottery Jackpot

Here's a look at just how unlikely it is that you'll be the big winner

Americans spent more than $80 billion on lottery tickets in 2016 -- more than they spent on books, movie tickets, music, video games, and sports tickets --combined. The reason why is clear: Lotteries offer the chance of striking it rich. Plenty of jackpots in recent years have offered hundreds of millions of dollars.

There's a problem, though: While the potential payoff may be astronomic, the chance of winning it is microscopic. The odds of winning the Powerball or Mega Millions grand prize are, respectively, 1 in 292,201,338 and 1 in 302,575,350. There are about 327 million people in America, so it's almost like randomly picking one resident as the winner.

Click ahead to see 25 things more likely to happen to you than winning the lottery.

ALSO READ: Maybe You Were Better Off Not Winning the Lottery Jackpot


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