Whether it's Lloyd Christmas trying to catch Mary's eye in ‘Dumb and Dumber,' or Jane Doe in west O shelling out a few bucks for Mega Million lottery tickets, nothing is impossible. But let's get real: The odds of hitting all five numbers for the Mega Millions are not good.  We'd probably have better odds of seeing Yellowstone erupt!

As in 1 in 175,711,536.  By comparison, you have a better chance of:

  • Being born on leap day: 1 in 1,500
  • Being struck by lightning in an 80-year lifetime: 1 in 10,000
  • Hitting a hole in one (an average golfer): 1 in 12,000
  • Dying after being bitten or struck by an alligator: 1 in 104,600
  • Being struck by lightning in a given year: 1 in 1,000,000
  • Giving birth on Leap Day, having yourself been born on an earlier Feb. 29: 1 in 2,000,000
  • Dying in an airline crash*: 1 in 29,400,000
  • Hitting two holes in one in the same round (a good golfer): 1 in 67,000,000
  • Dying in a vending machine accident: 1 in 112,000,000

*On a top-30 carrier in safety records