Man struck buy lightning wins lotto jackpot

The chances of one person being struck by lightning and winning lotto are an astronomical one in 2.6 trillion – making Canadian man Peter McCathie a statistical impossibility.

Canadian man struck buy lightning wins lotto jackpot

When the Nova Scotia man was 14 years old he was nearly killed when a bolt of lightning struck him as he waded through water to tie off his boat.

When the Nova Scotia man was 14 years old he was nearly killed when a bolt of lightning struck him as he waded through water to tie off his boat.

"I was trying to lock the boat up, it was a very sunny day, there was one big, white cloud in the sky and the lightning bolt came through the trees and hit me," McCathie told CTV.

That’s a statistical likelihood of around 6250 to one, according to the US weather service.

The chances of one person being struck by lightning and winning lotto are an astronomical one in 2.6 trillion – making Canadian man Peter McCathie a statistical impossibility.

But lightning struck Mr McCathie again when he won a $1 million Atlantic Lotto jackpot this week, a prize he has split with his co-worker.

“I honestly expected to get hit by lightning again first,” Mr McCathie said.

Even more unlikely, Mr McCathie’s daughter has also been struck by lightening, according to the Toronto Sun.

According to Sophie Leger, a mathematics professor at the University of Moncton, the chances of these three things occurring to the same person are nigh unfathomable.

"By assuming that these events happened independently … so probability of Lotto... times another probability of lightning – since there are two people that got hit by lightning – we get approximately 1 in 2.6 trillion," Prof Leger said.

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