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$640 Million Mega Millions

You Got a Better Chance

of Dying By Flesh-Eating Bacteria

3/30/2012 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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If you think you can win this week’s mega lottery, think again ... you have a better chance of being killed by flesh-eating bacteria than rolling in lottery gold.

The Mega Millions jackpot is at $640 Million (and rising), with odds of winning at roughly 1 in 176 Million ... but get this ... 1 in 3 people think winning the lottery is the ONLY way to be financially secure in life (eeek!).

So we looked into the odds and found a bunch of crap that is more likely to happen to you ...

-- Death by lightning: 1 in 2,650,000
-- Death by flesh-eating bacteria: 1 in 1,000,000
-- Getting eaten by a shark: 1 in 11,000,000
-- Death by fireworks: 1 in 1,000,000

That said… office pool?

54 COMMENTS

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1.

Uh    

So tell me oh great odds expert...what are the odds of winning the lottery if you don't play??

855 days ago
2.

toasty    

SOMEONE'S GONNA WIN IT! WHY NOT ME?

855 days ago
3.

Michael    

Someone will win it, regardless of the odds. It's just $1. I just wish people knew winning this, it's not all for the better.

855 days ago
4.

Adams    

The lottery is a tax on people with poor math skills

855 days ago
5.

Moose    

There will probably be fifty or more winners of the jackpot, not to mention the various winners of the smaller cash prizes.

855 days ago
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DORIS TAYLOR    

Can we say then time to move Green lol

855 days ago
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Mayu    

you have a 0% chance of winning if you don't buy a ticket. While chances are slim at best for winning $2... at least there is a chance. So why not? if you have a few bucks, buy a ticket. I'm sure there are a lot of lotto winners who said, "there's no chance I'll win".

855 days ago
8.

Jim    

But... You don't stand ANY chance of winning, if you don't buy a ticket!

855 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Someone is probably going to win. As they say in New York: You gotta be in it to win it.

I didn't go insane like that guy who bought 700 tickets, just $5.00 worth.

855 days ago
10.

Gloria    

Go Harvey I hope you win.

855 days ago
11.

reonimation    

Am I the only who sees the irony of mocking the odds of winning the lottery, when tmz's only reason for existing is to profit from stalk the rich and famous.

855 days ago
12.

KB    

Having had a flesh eating virus one time I will play my chances.

855 days ago
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sPaNkdEnALgAs    

Note to tonight's winner(s): STAY QUIET, TELL ABSOLUTELY NO ONE. HIRE AN ATTORNEY AND PLACE IN A BLIND TRUST!!!

855 days ago
14.

dolphin    

Better to play the CA lotto, your chances are better and it can be over 10 mil. Does the winner of the MegaMillions have to make their name public? yikes, I'd hide.

855 days ago
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Kim    

Funny thing is my mom almost died of Flesh Eating Bacteria in 1996. I bought one for her.

855 days ago
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