the true stories
The odds of winning the Powerball Jackpot according to Wikipedia are 1 in 175,223,510. Another long-shot is seeing a lynx in the wild.
In a March 31, 2001 article by Andrea Lee Lambrecht of Minnesota's Brainerd Dispatch I read that “Only a few lucky people ever see lynx in the wild. Chances of seeing this creature are slim, yet wildlife watchers, nature photographers and scientists all clamor for the opportunity to witness a lynx in the wild. Though most of us will never see a lynx, wise management of this mysterious feline will insure that at least a few of us will occasionally marvel as a mirage melts before our eyes on a misty morning.” That is true.
In January, 2003 I created a website called Follow the Lynx.
In November 2006 a man in Minnesota named Michael Hawes won the Powerball Jackpot. It was a shared jackpot with another winning ticket in Arizona. The total prize was $94.1 million and Mike's cut was $47 million. He was given two options. A 29 year annuity or $22 million cash, which in Minnesota would yield around $15 million after taxes. The deadline for his decision was February 5.
In 2009 my mother sent me a picture which had been taken by her friend a few hundred miles away. No less than four lynx crossing a road in broad daylight. The photo had been taken on February 5.
I have married the images of the two unlikely occurrences above. What are the odds?
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Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.