What Are The Odds...Canadian Gets Struck By Lightning AND Wins $1 Million Lottery Prize

Peter McCathie survived a lightning strike as a teenager. He's seen with co-winner Diane Miller and an Atlantic Lottery representative. PHOTO: abc news

The odds are insanely remote... getting struck by ligthning and winning a substantial prize in the lottery. But one of them happened to Canadian Peter McCathie just last week.

McCathie survived being hit by lightning when he was a teenager. The Nova Scotia man survived the lightning strike while wading through the shallow waters of a lake aged 14.

University of Monckton mathematics professor Sophie Leger. PHOTO: abc news

CTV News Canada wanted to know just how unlikely this was, so they got in touch with University of Monckton mathematics professor Sophie Leger.

"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 one in 2.6 trillion," she said.

More details about the lucky win from CTV News.

The odds of being struck by lightning in Canada are less than one in a million.

The odds of winning the Atlantic Lotto 6/49 are even less -- one in 13,983,816. And Peter McCathie has beaten odds of 2.6 trillion to one by doing both.

He is splitting the $1 million Lotto 6/49 prize with co-worker Diana Miller. McCathie and Miller have been buying tickets together for about a year, but they never expected to beat the odds.

"I honestly expected to get hit by lightning again first," said McCathie.

Peter and his wife own the Amherst Shore Country Store in Amherst Shore, Nova Scotia where he bought the ticket.

He’s getting an additional $10,000 since he owns the Amherst Shore Country Store in Amherst Shore, Nova Scotia, where the duo bought the $3 ticket.

Peter says he plans to take his wife on a second honeymoon with the money, while his co-winner Diana Miller says she is going to go to Cancun, Mexico.




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