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Let me preface by saying that some of these statistics may be suspect; I do not have the time to cross-reference and fact check all of these tidbits, so forgive my lack of scholarship in favor for some interesting statistics.

  • Getting cancer in your lifetime: 1 in 2
  • Being born with 11 fingers or toes: 1 in 500
  • Getting audited by the IRS: 1 in 175
  • Getting injured and dying in the next year: 1 in 1820
  • Winning an academy award: 1 in 11,500
  • Finding a pearl in an oyster: 1 in 12,000
  • Becoming a pro-athlete: 1 in 22,000
  • Going blind after laser eye surgery: 1 in 85,714
  • Dating a supermodel: 1 in 88,000
  • Dying in an airplane accident: 1 in 354,319
  • Getting killed by fireworks: 1 in 616,488
  • Getting dealt a royal flush in poker: 1 in 649,740
  • Being struck by lightning: 1 in 700,000
  • Winning $1000 in the “California Scratcher”: 1 in 960,000
  • Being a billionaire: 1 in 7,000,000
  • Becoming president of the USA: 1 in 10,000,000
  • Getting attacked by a shark: 1 in 11,500,000
  • Getting killed by  a mountain lion: 1 in 32,000,000
  • Winning $1,000 in the McDonalds Monopoly game: 1 in 36,950,005
  • Winning the Megabucks slot machine jackpot: 1 in 49,836,032
  • Winning the Mega Millions lottery jackpot: 1 in 135,145,920

Sources: about.com, USA Today, eHow.com, metromix.com