Statisticians Scratch Their Heads — Mega Millions Lottery Purchaser Struck by Lightning Hours After Purchasing Tickets

Turns out the saying is true. You're more likely to be struck by lightning than to -- s**t what was that?

As the Mega Millions jackpot spiraled to the biggest one in the history of the lottery, many people uttered this old concept. You have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery. Well, Bill Isles, a 48-year-old man in Kansas, learned this lesson when he purchased tickets and was struck by lightning within hours of each other.

Bill purchased three Mega Millions tickets at a grocery store.  Walking to the car, a friend told him he had a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the amazing $656 million lottery prize.  A few hours later at 9:30 P.M., Isles was hanging out in his backyard when there was a flash.  He fell to the ground quivering.  He said it felt like his brain had been scrambled.

Isles is a ham radio enthusiast and helps meteorologists by acting as a storm spotter.  Luckily, on this occasion, he had his ham radio in hand.  He found it on the ground and was able to communicate the lightning strike on the air.  Another ham called 911.  Isles was rushed to the hospital and held overnight for observation, but otherwise he is okay.  When the lottery was drawn…Isles was not a winner.  But his story did make national news, because it turns out the old saying is right.

You have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery.  If you are Bill Isles, an excellent chance.  However, you can’t say he’s not lucky.  Having his ham gear nearby got him the help he needed quickly, and may have saved his life.

For the record, Bill still likes the lottery and promises to play again.  He does think he’ll stay in the car or inside in lightning storms from now on.

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