You probably come to call yourself ‘lucky’ when you get a good deal online, get free tickets to a concert or manage to closely escape that traffic cop who was going to fine you for forgetting your helmet at home. We thought so too, before we came across this. These are, the luckiest people to ever walk the Earth – part one:
1) Joan R Ginther
Did you know your odds of being struck by an asteroid in a lifetime is higher than winning the lottery jackpot? Significantly higher too, considering individual odds of winning just once is 1-in-200,000,000. Joan R Ginther, however, brazenly flipped odds and laws of average the bird and proceeded to win a multimillion dollar jackpot a stunning 4 times! Statistically, it’s nearly impossible, yet here she is first winning Rs.3,508,32,600 ($5.4Million), followed by Rs.1,299,38,000 ($2Million) a decade later, and another whopping Rs.1,949,07,000 ($3Million) merely two years later. As if that weren’t enough, Ginther dealt a final blow to starry-eyed gamblers everywhere by winning an astounding Rs.6,496,90,000 ($10Million) in 2008.
Surviving one nuclear attack is a miracle, but how about surviving 2 consecutive nuclear attacks?
It was during World War II that Tsutomu was an employee of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. During one of his work visits to Hiroshima was when the first nuclear bomb dropped in 1945. Blessed, though injured by the blast, he somehow managed to survive. He quickly returned to Nagasaki to his family and started work on the 9th of August, the day the second nuclear attack happened. He miraculously survived this too.
Sometimes bad things happen. For Bill Morgan, it was when he was tragically crushed in a truck accident. Pronounced clinically dead for more than 14 minutes, he not only managed to survive but also awake from 12 days of coma even after his family unplugged life support. To celebrate his lucky survival, Bill Morgan bought a scratch-it card, and won a Rs.17,54,163/- ($27,000) car. Intrigued by the story, a local news station asked him to reenact his winning moment with a new scratch-it, where he then shockingly won Rs.1,62,42,250 ($250,000) during his live re-enactment.
4) Fidel Castro
Cuba’s counter intelligence agency has estimated that Fidel Castro has survived over 630 assassination attempts; a number of which were planned and put in motion by the US CIA, numerous Mafia members, and his own mistress, among a fair few others. Fidel survived poisoned cigars, exploding cigars, a radio laced with LSD, hidden poisonous hypodermic needles filled with lethal concoctions, and much more, passing only last year of old age.
5) Frane Selak
Frane Selak is a Croatian music teacher who has escaped death 7 miraculous times. Selak’s encounters with death started in 1962 when the train he was riding in crashed into a freezing Canyon river. He managed to continue his lucky streak when he subsequently survived a crashing airplane, being hit by a bus, and being a passenger not only in a bus that fell off a bridge, but two burning cars, and a devastating car crash launching him over the side of a cliff. Since then his luck has changed from surviving to winning, when in 2002 he won the Rs. 6,496,90,00 Croatian National Lottery which he used to buy a small chapel to thank God for all of his fortunes.
6) Harrison Odjegba Okene
Dressed in only his boxer shorts and in freezing water, a Nigerian man survived for 60 hours at the bottom of the ocean by finding an air pocket in his sunken tug boat. Harrison Odjegba Okene was on a boat that capsized in July, 2013 in the Atlantic Ocean off the Nigerian coast. Okene was the only survivor on the boat, where he gasped on for almost three days by finding an air pocket before he was discovered by South African rescue divers. Images and video from his rescue were up and went viral. Watch it here.
7) Leonard Thompson
In 1922, doctors took an intuitive risk to save 14-year-old Leonard Thompson’s life by injecting him with an experimental substance: Insulin. The adolescent diabetic weight only 65 pounds due to a starvation diet (the treatment for diabetes back then), and was falling in and out of coma. His parents were desperate, and though Insulin hadn’t been tested on humans, they took a leap of faith and consented to the mysterious drug injection. The first round of injections caused an allergic reaction in the boy, but after 12 days of mending, a purer insulin was extracted. Thompson’s recovery was immediate, and within a month, front-pages were parading the new miracle drug.
If any of these cases blew your mind, wait until our next set of luckiest people on earth.