This must be what luck looks like. Standing one chance in 13,983,816 to win the lotto and less than one in a million to be struck by lightning, Canadian Peter McCathie defied all.
Dubbed the luckiest man on earth, Peter McCathie is the winner of the grand prize of the Atlantic Lotto. He was struck by lightning once, his daughter was struck by lightning once and now Peter McCathie is the winner of the million dollar stake, along with co-worker Diana Miller.
They came together at the Atlantic Lotto offices to collect the stake, splitting the million dollars between the two of them.
Do not seek being struck by lightning just to test your chances. Peter McChatie seems to have it written in the stars. For all these chances to add up for just one person in Nova Scotia, it is really a rare occurrence, close to impossible.
Peter McCathie was struck by lightning when he was 14. Going on a boat trip. Close to the shore, he saw how white clouds were gathering on the sky:
“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”,
His daughter is also the lucky survivor of a lightning strike. And more interesting is that the circumstances were quite similar. While locking up canoes on a lake in Manitoba, she got lightning struck.
According to Peter McCathie, he rather expected to be hit by lightning once more than to win the lottery. Both him and Miller have been trying their luck for more than a year.
What do the winners plan to do with the money? Diana Miller wants to visit Cancun, Mexico. Peter McCathie is planning a second honeymoon with his loving wife.
One mathematics professor from Moncton University calculated the chances of one person living through both events. According to Sophie leger, these are 1 in about 2.6 trillion.
As Peter McCathie is also the owner the store where the ticket was bought, he receives an additional $10,000 from the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.
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