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The luckiest people ever

Updated on February 29, 2016

What is luck?

According to Collins dictionary of English language luck is a positively perceived series of events which is beyond one's control and is subject solely to chance and fortune. This is more or less classic definition of luck. Luck should be by no means confused with success which is a favorable outcome of something attempted. Different in terms of expectedness and control the two concepts share the connotation of positive perception. Sometimes the outcome of the worst mishaps can turn into the huge luck depending on the way it is perceived. In this way surviving the deadly accident or winning the lottery can be viewed as a huge luck. So as a saying goes: As luck may have it!

Tsutomu Yamaguchi
Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Survived 2 atomic bombings

Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the only Japanese officially recognized by Japan’s government to survive both Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear fusion bombings. Living and employed in Nagasaki he was on business in Hiroshima on 6 Aug. 1945 when the first bomb destroyed the city. Surviving the first bombing he was back in his native town 3 days later. Despite the burns and wounds was back on his working place when the second fusion bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Yamaguchi survived again. That was only in 2009 when the man was officially acknowledged to survive both disasters a year before he passed away in the age of 93.

Frane Selak
Frane Selak

The luckiest lotteries winners

What better luck the lottery winner can expect? Believe, winning the lottery jackpot is not the utmost luck. Frane Selak is probably one of the most renowned winners in the world. No wonder at all, the Croatian escaped death 7 times in his life: aircraft, train and car accidents. Eventually after his 73rd birthday was “remunerated” with 800,000 Euros won in lotto.

What is the chance to win in one lottery draw two times? It is astronomically infinitesimal, some would say and the theory of probability proves it. Nevertheless Virginia Fike beat those odds winning the 2nd Powerball prizes of 1 million dollars in one and the same draw. Allegedly she used the numbers of her parents' wedding anniversary and age. If fact only the numbers standing for the age were different. This explains how she came to playing two almost identical combinations.

Kilauea volcano
Kilauea volcano

Spent 2 days in the active volcano crater and survived

In 1992 Michael Benson, a 49-years old operator was unlucky, to fell into the crater of the active volcano making a footage of the eruption from the copter. The copter broke down over one of the world's most active volcanoes Kilauea in Hawaii. The team was close to get into the fire-breathing and lava-spitting “forge”. The assistant operator Chris Daddy and the pilot Craig Hosking were thrown out from the machine and were relatively swift to find the way out to the safe surface within 27 hours. Michael was not that lucky, he survived the crash landing still it took the rescue team 2 days to rescue the man wandering in the poisonous smoke. The rescue efforts were hampered by the heavy rain and smoke. Luckily he was rescued and became the world’s only man to stay so long in the active volcano and survive.

Lena Paahlsson and her husband
Lena Paahlsson and her husband

Like picking a needle out of the haystack

One has to be really lucky to find a needle in a stack of hay. The same goes about finding a ring lost on the acre of arable territory. Lena Paahlsson a citizen of a small Swedish town lost her wedding ring while doing gardening at the backyard of her house. She invested huge efforts to find the ring even asking her husband to use a metal detector. All was in vain. That was 16 years later when gathering the crop she pulled another carrot from the ground and discovered her ring to gird the vegetable.

Survived the the highest wave ever recorded

Howard Ulrich and his son survived the 1,700 ft wave in Lituya Bay in Alaska in 1958. The highest ever recorded wave – for comparison, it was higher than the Empire State Building in New York – was caused by the massive chunk of rock (about 30 mln cubic meters) which fell down in the bay waters. Their boat rode the wave like a surfboard and was thrown over the top of the trees on the cliff. Unbelievably enough, they were lucky to survive.

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