Peter McCathie is really unlucky and really lucky, that much is for sure.
The Canadian man has experienced two life events — one extremely positive and one extremely negative — that have slim odds of happening in general and even smaller for both to happen in one’s lifetime.
McCathie has been struck by lightning and has also won the lottery.
According to CTV News, “the odds of getting struck by lightning in Canada are less than one in a million,” while “[t]he odds of winning the Atlantic Lotto 6/49 are even worse — one in 13,983,816.”
McCathie was 14 when he was struck by lighting during a boat trip. Strangely enough, his daughter was also struck by lighting a few years ago.
As for lottery, McCathie and a co-worker, Diana Miller, had been buying tickets together for a year and won one million dollars.
He says he thought he thought he’d be struck by lightning before winning the lottery.
“I honestly expected to get hit by lightning again first,” McCathie told CTV.
According to one math professor at the University of Moncton quoted by CTV, the odds that these events would happen in the same lifetime, as well as his daughter getting struck by lighting, are “approximately 1 in 2.6 trillion.”
McCathie says he plans to use some of his cash on a second honeymoon with his wife.
They have been married for 30 years.