Lighting strikes 8.6 million times per day
When you rub your feet on the carpet, you build a slight negative charge. You get a shock because you discharge the static electric charge to a positively charged object.
Similarly, lightning is an electrostatic discharge that is supercharged from ionized air.
Lightning always finds the fastest route to Earth. By releasing a massive bolt of electricity, lightning is hotter than the sun when it strikes.
Lightning strikes 8.6 million times a day. It helps in the production of ozone and nitrogen fixation.