The odds a person will be struck by lightning in a year are 1

1 in 835,500

The odds a person will be struck by lightning in a year are 1 in 835,500 (the US, 1995 – 2007).

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CALCULATION(S) BY BOOK OF ODDS BASED ONSummary of Natural Hazard Fatalities for 1995 in the United States. National Weather Service. 1996.

1996 Summary of Hazardous Weather Fatalities, Injuries, and Damage Costs Listed by State. National Weather Service. November 5, 1998.

Summary of U.S. Natural Hazard Statistics for 1997. National Weather Service. July 12, 2000.

Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 1998 in the United States. National Weather Service. February 2, 2000.

Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 1999 in the United States. National Weather Service. October 19, 2000.

Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 2000 in the United States. National Weather Service. August 16, 2001.

Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 2001 in the United States. National Weather Service. November 25, 2002.

Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 2002 in the United States. National Weather Service. November 12, 2003.

National Hazard Statistics 2003. National Weather Service. June 17, 2004.

Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 2004 in the United States. National Weather Service. July 13, 2005.

Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 2005 in the United States. National Weather Service. March 15, 2007.

Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 2006 in the United States. National Weather Service. March 25, 2008.

Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 2007 in the United States. National Weather Service. November 25, 2008.

Population Estimates Program [Internet]. U.S. Census Bureau; Available from: http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php

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ROUNDING RULES

Odds more likely than 1 in 10, such as 1 in 3.42, are rounded to three significant digits. Odds less likely than 1 in 10, such as 1 in 420.4, are rounded to four significant digits. Trailing zeros after the decimal point are dropped for readability, even though they may still be significant.

Odds you’ll see: 1 in 4.26; 14.5; 143; 5,230; 433,200

Odds you won’t see: 1 in 2.412; 63.042; 425,242c

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