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What are the odds against being struck by lightning?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates the odds of being struck by lightning at 1 in 750,000 in a given year. However, the odds drop to 1 in 500,000 based on the number of unreported lightning strikes. The odds of being struck by lightning in one’s lifetime are 1 in 6,250. During the past 30 years, there has been an average of 58 reported lightning fatalities per year.


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