Lightning Strike Survivor Wins $1 Million Lottery

One man from Nova Scotia is really, really lucky.

Peter McCathie, a full-time convenience store owner and part-time clerk, made headlines earlier this month for winning a $1 million jackpot from Lotto 6/49. Then he made headlines again when people realized that he was the same Nova Scotian who survived a lightning strike three decades earlier.

Peter McCathie lottery winner

A Death-Defying Day

“There was one big, white cloud in the sky,” says McCathie about that fateful afternoon, “and the lightning bolt came through the trees and hit me.”

He was 14 at the time and miraculously unharmed, so according to McCathie, he went about his life without thinking much of it. Then something even stranger happened: His daughter got hit by lighting too.

A Crazy Coincidence

While declining to name her in the press, McCathie revealed that his daughter was working as a wilderness guide just a few years ago when she was electrified by nature as well.

“She was locking all the canoes,” he explained, and lighting came down from the sky just as strangely and abruptly as it did for him. The good news is that, like her father, she survived.

A Lucky Lotto

All of this leads to July 2015 when McCathie purchased a lottery ticket along with his co-worker. Before they knew it, they’d won $1 million together.

odds of hitting this particular jackpot were one in almost 14 million. The odds of winning the lottery and surviving a lightning strike and having one’s daughter survive a lightning strike are almost too crazy to calculate.

“I honestly expected to get hit by lightning again first,” McCathie told reporters.

His plans for the money involve taking his wife on a second honeymoon.