I don’t know about you but I personally feel pretty lucky when I am running a little late and I hit all green lights. Or when I find a twenty dollar bill in a jacket pocket that I didn’t know was there. That is nothing compared to the following 15 people. Their luck is on a whole different level. In fact I’d like to meet a few of these people just to see if a little of there luck would rub off on to me. Especially those lottery winners! Then again, I don’t really think that is how it all works. Either way their story’s are pretty incredible.
1. While working in her garden, Lena Påhlsson pulled a carrot out of the ground. That carrot had a wedding ring around it. It was “wearing” it so to speak. It was the wedding ring Lena had lost 16 years earlier. The ring, which Lena had designed herself, went missing after she put it on the kitchen counter while baking in 1995. Apparently the story goes that the ring fell into a compost bucket, and unbeknownst to Lena, been spread on the garden. If not for that lucky carrot, it might never have been found. I wonder if they spared the carrots life for finding the ring.
2. After searching for his birth mom since he was 18 years old, Steve Flaig found his birth mom working in the very same Lowe’s store where he was employed. It was 2007 before he realized he’d been spelling her name wrong. The new search got a hit–about a mile from the store where he worked. He mentioned the coincidence to his boss, who said, “You mean Chris Tallady, who works here?” Imagine if he never would have mentioned the coincidence to his boss. Would he still have found her?
3. Virginia Fike won the lottery not one, but twice in the same day. Fike always played the same lottery numbers. Heher parents’ anniversary date and ages, divided by the year they were married. In 2012, a mix up at the cash register meant she had to play the numbers on two tickets instead of just one. Later that day, she saw on TV that two tickets in Virginia had hit five of the six Powerball numbers. Each one was worth $1 million. Fike looked at her mom and said, “Wouldn’t it be funny …” If that isn’t luck and fate all rolled into one, then I don’t know what is.
4. Tsutomu Yamaguchi lived through the atomic bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He was in Hiroshima on business when the bomb hit, rupturing his ear drums, temporarily blinding him, and burning much of his upper body. Despite his injuries, he reported for work in Nagasaki three days later. He was discussing the incident with his boss when the air-raid sirens went off and the second bomb struck. He survived.
5. Frano Selak cheated death seven times and then won the lottery. That’s right, seven! Croatian music teacher Frano Selak had his first escape in 1962 when a train he was traveling on jumped the rails and plunged into an icy river. A year later, he was thrown out of a plane when the door flew open (19 people died but somehow he was thrown clear of the crash and landed in a haystack). He’s also survived multiple car and bus crashes. Then in 2005, his luck suddenly took a new turn, and Selak won nearly $1 million with his first ever lottery ticket. That is undeniably one lucky man.
6. Maarten de Jonge booked flights on both of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flights but changed his plans at the last minute. Although Dutch, Maarten de Jonge is a member of Malaysia’s Terengganu cycling team. In July 2014, he told a Dutch reporter he had been due to travel on flight MH17, the Boeing 777 that was shot down over Ukraine killing all of the almost 300 passengers on board. Even more incredible is the fact that MH17 wasn’t his disastrous first flight he avoided. He had also been planning to travel on flight MH370, the Malaysian jet that is still missing somewhere in the Indian Ocean.
7. Harrison Okene survived for almost three days underwater by crouching in an air bubble after his tugboat capsized. The Nigerian sailor was on the toilet at 5 am when his boat suddenly started to sink. The boat plunged almost 100 feet under the icy waters, and he was only wearing his underpants. Still he managed to survive thanks to a 4ft sq air bubble in the cabin.
8. Anders Helstrup was skydiving when he was nearly hit by a meteorite as it fell to earth in “dark flight” the point at which it no longer emits light. Helstrup captured the near-miss on a head cam he was wearing as he fell to Earth – and he had no idea he had narrowly avoided death until watching the footage. “I got the feeling that there was something, but I didn’t register what was happening,”
9. Texas resident and math professor Joan Ginther won the lottery jackpot via scratch-offs not once but FOUR separate times. This picture shows Lisa Rose, an assistant manager at the Diamond Shamrock store in Kingsville, Texas, that sold Ginther her first huge instant prize. It was $5.4 million. A decade later, she won $2 million; then two years later $3 million; and finally, in the spring of 2008, she hit a $10 million jackpot. I wonder how many millions she has left today.
10. In 1971, 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Peruvian Amazon, wandering a crocodile-infested jungle for 10 days before being rescued. Koepcke fell two miles from the sky still strapped in by her seatbelt. When her plane crashed into the Amazonian mountains. She wandered through jungle, waters teeming with crocodiles and piranhas in only a sundress until she was discovered by a group of Peruvian lumberjacks.
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