The chances of winning the Lottery have been said to be about 1 in 14million.
That’s the equivalent of throwing a dart and, by good luck, just happening to hit the right one millimetre square, out of the 14million one millimetre squares which would be on a piece of paper 3.5metres high (11’6″) by 4metres long (13’0″).
But that’s nothing compared to the chances of being you, and living now!
Since the beginning of humankind, it is likely that 100,000million people have lived or are living. And if you were going to be one of them, which one would it be? What’s to say you would be born now, rather in the Middle Ages with no dental care? Or perhaps in a war torn region of the world? Well the chances of being you, alive now, could be the equivalent of throwing a dart and, by good luck, just happening to hit ‘your’ one millimetre square out of the 100,000million one millimetre squares on a wall the size of about 10 football pitches.
By anybody’s reckoning, aren’t we really luck to be us, and alive now?