Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice…It Strikes Seven Times!

By Karen Harris
Cloud to cloud lightning. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Your chances of being struck by lightning are roughly 1 in 960,000. Your chances of being struck by lightning twice are 1 in about 9 million. Imagine the odds of being struck by lightning SEVEN times! It seems all but impossible, yet that’s exactly what happened to Roy Sullivan, a park ranger working in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. Between 1942 and 1977, Sullivan, who earned nicknames like the “Human Lightning Rod” and the “Spark Ranger," survived seven hits by lightning…a feat that earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.