Powerball's long odds

You're more likely to die in a shark attack than win the Powerball jackpot

It's hard to avoid Powerball fever since the jackpot reached half a billion dollars before Wednesday night's drawing.

Here are some sobering statistics for those dreaming about hitting that jackpot.

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The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are the same at each drawing — about 1 in 176 million. You're more likely to be killed by an asteroid in your lifetime. Below are odds of other things happening to you:

•Any person's lifetime odds of being killed by an asteroid impact: 1 in 700,000.

•Odds of an American being killed in a terrorist attack (in about the last five years): 1 in 20 million.

•Odds of dying in a shark attack: 1 in 3.1 million.

•Odds of dating a supermodel: 1 in 880,000.

•Chance of being struck by lightning: 1 in 12,000 — but some climate scientists predict that will narrow to 1 in 8,000 by 2100.

•Odds of dying from flesh-eating bacteria: 1 in a million.

•The odds of having an 11th toe: 1 in 500.

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