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Risk of death compared with winning the lottery

Clinical bottom line

The chances of dying between Friday and Monday is 1100 times more than that of winning the lottery.

Source of data

What the sources tell us

Give us the odds

Figure 1: Comparing chance of winning the UK lottery with average risk of dying over the weekend

Risk Communication Tool (c) John Paling 2000 (


Pretty obvious, really, when you think about it for a few minutes, because about 1% of the population of the UK dies every year, and the chance of winning the lottery is so very small.