No one can ever be truly lucky or unlucky all the time. We all have our ups and downs, good days and bad days. For one man in Nova Scotia, his ups and downs have caused a media sensation and scientists have put the odds of his life’s most dramatic events at 1 in 2.6 trillion.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…
McCathie’s relationship with lightning didn’t end when he was 14. Later on, he saw his daughter get struck by lightning and also survive. Perhaps conductivity runs in families. Peter McCathie was 14-years-old when he was struck by lightning. The odds of being struck by lightning in Canada in a given year is 1 in about a million. Most people that get struck do survive — roughly 1 in 10 are killed statistically. McCathie’s experience was even stranger as it happened on a day with beautiful, almost perfect weather. Speaking to CTV in Canada, he said: “I was trying to lock the boat up, it was a very sunny day, there was one big, white cloud in the sky and the lightning bolt came through the trees and hit me.”
At this point, McCathie must have thought that he was the unluckiest man in the world and that nothing on the other end of the odds spectrum would come his way. In fact he told CTV that “I honestly expected to get hit by lightning again first.” But something must have made him believe he could turn his luck around when he purchased a Canada Lotto 6/49 ticket with one of his coworkers. And my, how his luck changed.
The ticket ended up being a winner and the two ticket holders will split a prize amount of CAD$1 million. Between his brush with lightning, his daughter’s own lightning strike, and his lottery win, scientists estimate him to be one of the most odds-defying men in existence at 1 in 2.6 trillion!
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