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7 things that will kill you before you win the Powerball jackpot
The chances of winning the $550 million jackpot are extraordinarily slim. In fact, you're more likely to be killed by a vending machine
 
Don't get your hopes up: This is almost certainly not the winning Powerball ticket.
Don't get your hopes up: This is almost certainly not the winning Powerball ticket. AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Despite the rather abysmal odds of winning the $550 million Powerball jackpot, people all over the country are throwing rationality to the wind and rushing to buy lottery tickets. But let's get real: The odds of winning the jackpot are a sobering 1 in 176 million — meaning you're probably more likely to get struck by lightning on the way to the corner store than you are to win the big prize. (You have a 1 in 5,000 chance of getting struck by lightning in your lifetime.) Here are seven ways you're more likely to die before striking it rich: 

1. Death by vending machine
Odds: 1 in 112 million (Source)

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2. Death by drowning
Odds: 1 in 1,134 (Source)

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3. Death by dog bite
Odds: 1 in 144,899 (Source)

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4. Death by fireworks
Odds: 1 in 340,733 (Source)

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5. Death by influenza
Odds: 1 in 63 (Source)

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6. Death by train crash
Odds: 1 in 156,169 (Source)

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7. Death by hospital infection
Odds: 1 in 38 (Source)

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