Lightning Strike Survivor Wins Lottery in Canada

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A Canadian man who was once hit by lighting has beaten extreme odds to also win the lottery, which he did recently, according to a report.

Pete McCathie, left, won the lottery decades after being hit by lightning. (Credit: Atlantic Lottery)

Pete McCathie, left, won the lottery decades after being hit by lightning. (Credit: Atlantic Lottery)

When Peter McCathie was just 14 years old, he survived a lightning strike, Canadian television network CTV reported.

"We were out on a boat trip and when we got in the water was pretty shallow so we locked it in the lake just off shore. I was trying to lock the boat up, it was a very sunny day, there was one big white cloud in the sky and the lightning bolt come through the trees and hit me," McCathie told CTV.

Incredibly, two years ago McCathie's daughter was working as a wilderness guide in Manitoba when she too was struck by lightning in an eerily similar scenario, according to the network.

"They had pulled off the lake due to the storm so she was locking all the canoes, making sure they weren't going to get blown away and she got hit by lightning while locking up the canoes," he said.

But little did McCathie know that the series of astonishing events did not end there. Decades after being hit by the lightning bolt, he would go on to once again defy the odds -- this time in a positive way -- and win a $1 million lottery prize.

On Monday, he collected the winnings with his co-worker, Diane Miller, at the Atlantic Lottery offices in Moncton, New Brunswick.

He defied near impossible odds in the process for all of those events to happen, according to Sophie Leger, a mathematics professor at the Universite de Moncton.

"By assuming that these events happened independently, so probability of Lotto times another probability of lightning since there are two people that got hit by lightning, and we get approximately 1 in 2.6 trillions," Leger told the Canadian news outlet.

What's more, McCathie bought the winning ticket from his own store, meaning he gets an additional 1 percent -- or $10,000 in this case -- which is awarded by the Atlantic Lottery to the seller.

He told CTV he planned to use his winnings to take his wife of 30 years on a second honeymoon.

CNN and the Tribune Media Wire contributed to this story.