What are the Odds You’ll Be Struck by Lightning?

Folk wisdom says the odds of a lightning strike are one in a million, but actuarially speaking, it really depends on how you run the numbers. 

For example, the odds of being struck in your lifetime are actually 1 in 13,000, according to the most recent data from the National Weather Service.

The odds of being struck in a given year are closer to that one-in-a-million mark, though: 1 in 1,042,000. While lightning strikes seem to be no big deal in cartoons and kids’ movies, the reality is a little more shocking. According to the National Weather Service, a lightning strike can cause cardiac arrest, brain damage or death.

Whatever the odds may be, it’s a good idea to read up on the dangers of lightning and how to keep yourself safe during a thunderstorm.


Folk wisdom says the odds of a lightning strike are one-in-a-million, but actuarially speaking, it really depends on where you live. /blog/struck-by-lightning Erie Insurance