In reference to Chris Tarantino’s [letter], “Give ‘Bully Breeds’ a Chance” [Sept. 9, Xpress]:
Mr. Tarantino states that you are five times more likely to be killed by lightning than killed by a dog. I went looking for these statistics and was also interested in how many people visit emergency rooms due to dog bites. This is what I found and where I found it.
The odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are about one in 1 million. Lightning kills about 33 people a year in the U.S. (http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/odds.shtml).
The odds of you going to the ER in a given year for a dog bite is about one in 1,000. Dogs kill about 33 people a year in the U.S. Pit bulls and Rottweilers account for about 75 percent of these deaths (http://www.dogsbite.org/).
So you are about as likely to be killed by lightning as killed by a dog. You are 1,000 times more likely to be bitten by a dog, requiring an ER visit, as being hit by lightning.
The odds of winning the Powerball lottery is about one in 175 million (http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/powerball_how-to-play.aspx)
— Tom Gallo