Have you ever found a $20 bill on the sidewalk and felt like the luckiest person on the planet? It’s time to reexamine exactly what it means to get lucky. Today, we’re introducing you to the luckiest people in the world. Their stories will surprise you, so fasten your seatbelt and get ready to be floored.
Woman wins lottery four times
Do you know what a septillion is? I didn’t, until I Googled it. It’s big. Like million, billion, trillion, quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, and finally septillion big. Your odds of winning the lottery are one in several tens of millions, depending on how many people are playing.
But those odds seem pretty low for Joan Ginther, who won four separate lottery jackpots. First, $5.4 million. Next $2 million. Then another $3 million. And finally $10 million. The odds of that happening are one in 18 septillion. And to give you an idea of how crazy that is, there are one septillion grains of sand on earth. For real.
Man cheats death more times than you can imagine
If you get hit by a bus, you’re unlucky. If you get hit by a bus and survive, I’m going to make the argument that you’re pretty freaking lucky to be alive. If you get hit by a bus, survive a train crash that killed 17 people, and just miss being blown up in your own car, you’re, well, I have no idea what to call you.
Lucky? Unlucky? Who know? Frane Selak is an anomaly. In 1962, a train flipped off the track and crashed into a river. 17 people died. Selak was not one of them. In 1963, a plane he was flying in crashed and killed 19 people. Like finding a needle in a haystack, Selak defies the odds and survives, coincidentally by getting sucked out of a malfunctioning door and landing in a haystack.
In 1966, a bus he was on skidded of the road and killed four people. Four years later his car catches fire but he escapes – right before it blows up. Three years after that, another car fire, this time with flames shooting through the air vents. In 1995, he gets hit by a bus. And finally, in 1996, he just misses a head-on collision. His car falls of the road and plummets 300 feet of a cliff. He survives holding onto a tree branch.
In 2003, Selak wins a million bucks in the lottery. He definitely deserves it. But we’re not sure which makes him luckier. Winning the million? Or not dying all those times?
Person reading this story wins millions
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