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Most lightning strikes survived

The odds of being struck by lightning

The odds of being struck by lightning are about one in 280,000,000. This number does not quite apply to Roy Sullivan, a United States park ranger in Virginia. Between 1942 and 1977, Sullivan was hit by lightning on 7 different occasions and survived all of them. For this reason, the Guinness World Records awarded him the title of “Most lightning strikes survived”. In 1983, he committed suicide at the age of 71, allegedly over an unreciprocated love.

In case you’re wondering, the odds of getting struck by lightning seven times are 4.15 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

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