What it’s like to win the green card lottery

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Thanks for explaining the stats Matt!

Matt Moffitt

Most common reaction: ‘Is that even real?! I didn’t know we even had that!’

Scene: May 1, 2014. 9:00am PST. Pacific Tradewinds Hostel, San Francisco, California, USA.

I am manning the reception at a hostel where I have been working for three weeks and remember to check the Diversity Visa Lottery website to see if I may have been one of the lucky 50,000 out of 13 million people that had applied for a green card, which is a 10-year permanent residency visa to the US. And I did. In my fifth year of applying.

You have a 0.4% chance of winning; that is, you’re more likely to get pregnant using a condom than to win this thing.

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