You have a slim chance at winning the lottery

DENVER – After a gentleman from Rifle won the $90 million Powerball lottery over the weekend, we were curious to know what sort of chances any of us have in striking it big.

Turns out, the chances of winning the Powerball lottery are 1 in 175 million, according to lottery officials.

Our partners at NBC News say you're more likely to become President of the United States or being born with an extra finger.

(Editor's note: the math surrounding the presidential odds is a bit tricky… and since some of us in TV journalism aren't good at math, we figured we would link you up with folks who deal with numbers all the time – the folks at the International Business Times:

Those who have won are lucky, no doubt. Aside from the gentleman from Rifle who won the $90 million prize, the only other Powerball winner in Colorado happens to be two people who filed their names under a group called "SEEP Financial," which nabbed a $20 million prize in 2007.

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Of course there's that big Colorado Lottery win from 1992. Kim Walker, formerly of Boulder, won a whopping $27 million.

In Colorado alone, "scratch games" tend to be the most popular games. The payouts are much smaller, but the odds of winning are much better.

Figures show 75 percent of players prefer scratch off tickets over other games.

Almost on a daily basis, someone wins a game from the Colorado Lottery. Most winners don't climb into the millions, but hey, even a couple hundred bucks isn't bad.

We hope this doesn't make you give up hope completely, but since you have only a 1 in 175 million chance of winning the Powerball lottery, we thought you might also like to know you're MUCH more likely to get struck by lightning (1 in 134,906 - According to National Safety Council) or get bitten by a shark (1 in 11.5 million, according to US Lifesaving Association).

Of course, your chances of getting bitten by a shark here in Colorado are much smaller. So at least you've got that going for you.

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