# What are the odds? Man struck by lightning wins the lottery

We all know you're more likely to get hit by lightning than you are to win the lottery. However, one man in New Brunswick in Canada has beaten the odds twice - by being hit by lightning and then winning a \$1 million lottery jackpot.

Paul McCathie, a store owner from Amherst Shore in Nova Scotia, picked up his cheque with co-worker Diana Miller. He told the press that he was hit by lightning at the age of 14, while tying up his boat. His daughter has apparently been hit by lightning too in similar circumstances, and he thought he was more likely to be hit by lightning again than win the lottery.

The odds of being struck by lightning in any given year are just under 1 in a million, while the odds of winning this particular lottery are one in 13,983,816. The odds of McCathie experiencing both (factoring in his daughter's accident too) are apparently one in 2.6 trillion.

The mathematician who came up with the result told ABC News that hitting these adds is almost impossible - but not quite.
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The Washington Post reported that McCathie planned a second honeymoon, and to take some time out for cooking and fishing. He might want to get someone else to tie his boat up though...

This may well be the first time the survivor of a lightning strike has won the lottery, although in 2008 a 16-year-old girl from Michigan was struck by lightning - and survived with minor injuries. While she was in the hospital, a nurse told her she must be on a lucky streak, so her mum went out to buy a lottery ticket. She won \$20.

In 2012 a Kansas man wasn't quite so lucky. He hit the headlines after buying a lottery ticket, joking with a friend that he was more likely to be hit by lightning than he was to win the lottery - and then being hit by lightning on the way home. He survived the strike, but didn't win.

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Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire scooped 161 million in the EuroMillions draw after several rollovers in 2011. They are the biggest British lottery winners in history.

Adrian Bayford, who won an astonishing £148m on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had to shut up the music shop he owns, because people targeted it with requests for money.
One British ticket won  £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter scooped a staggering £107.9 million jackpot on the Euromillions lottery in March 2014.
Dave and Angela Dawes won £101 million on the EuroMillions in 2011. It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the lottery. The couple are said to have since split up.
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One lucky British ticket-holder picked up a £81million EuroMillions rollover but remained anonymous.

Nigel Page and Justine Laycock from Cirencester bagged a £56 million jackpot back in February 2011. On winning the jackpot, Page said: 'I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.'

One lucky winner won shy of 50 million but chose to remain anonymous.

Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009. Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

Husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull have fairly modest spending plans despite their £40.6 million jackpot win in January. Speaking about what she planned to do now that she was rich, Catherine explained that she intended to use part of their winnings to replace the carpet on her upstairs landing...

Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.
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