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Peter McCathie Wins Lottery After Being Struck By Lightning

22/07/2015 16:57 BST | Updated 29/07/2015 09:59 BST

A Canadian man has defied phenomenal odds to be struck by lightning and win the lottery.

Experiencing both unlikely events in one lifetime has a probability of approximately one in 2.6 trillion.

Peter McCathie collected a total of $1 million (£640,400) alongside his co-worker Diana Miller, who jointly bought the ticket.

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McCathie defied incredible odds to win the lottery

Hailing from Nova Scotia, he was struck by lightening whilst wading through the shallow waters of a lake when he was aged fourteen.

CTV, a Canadian news channel reported that McCarthie’s daughter was also struck by lightning under similar circumstances, whilst working as a wilderness guide in Manitoba.

McCarthie is planning to take his wife on a second honeymoon with the money, while his co-winner Miller says she is going to go to Cancun, Mexico.

They had been buying tickets together for about a year before their big win, McCarthie told CTV news: "I honestly expected to get hit by lightning again first."

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