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The following five disasters are more likely to affect you than winning the lotto.

Mega lottery prizes are nothing new to Americans, who occasionally dig through their pockets for a dollar or two to play and hope to become the next millionaire.

The news is a tad somber when it comes to the likelihood of actually winning the lottery. In reality, the odds of truly winning everything are so astronomically low that you're more likely to be affected by a natural disaster than to actually hit the jackpot.

The odds of winning the top reward in the two most played lottery games in America are somewhere near 1 out of 292 million.

The odds of matching all six numbers in Powerball and Mega Millions are, respectively, 1 in 292,201,338 and 1 in 302,575,350.

The odds aren't even close to being comparable to what Mother Nature and Earth can throw at us.

During a lifetime, the likelihood of dying from cold is 1 in 6,045.
According to the National Safety Council, the lifetime probability of dying from low temperatures is 1 in 6,045. According to researchers, the fact that winter cold spells are more lethal than summer heatwaves is due in part to the mix of wind and low temperatures.

Hurricane Harvey caused nearly 3 times as many deaths as the Great Texas freeze.

Odds of dying in hot weather in a lifetime: 1 in 8,248 
According to the National Safety Council, the lifetime probability of passing away from heatstroke in warm weather is 1 in 8,248. According to a National Center for Health Statistics report, winter cold epidemics cause roughly twice as many fatalities as summer heat waves.

Chances of being struck by lightning are one in 15,300.
According to the National Weather Service, the likelihood of being struck by lightning throughout one's lifetime is 1 in 15,300. If you're seeking for the likelihood of being hit by lightning in a specific year, the chances dramatically decrease. The NWS estimates the likelihood to be 1 in 1,222,000.

Chances of dying in a tornado are 1 in 71,163 in a lifetime.
According to, the likelihood of being caught in a fatal tornado is 1 in 71,163 or 1 in 5,693,092 each year. According to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, the United States experiences roughly 1,100 tornadoes on average annually, or about three tornadoes per day.

Probability of dying in an earthquake is one in 131,890 in a lifetime.
In an earthquake, the odds of dying are 1 in 131,890, according to a calculation by Live Science using data from the US Geological Survey. According to the National Earthquake Information Center, there are over 20,000 earthquakes worldwide per year, which works out to about 54 every day.



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