Introducing 25 luckiest people in the world! This list includes lottery ticket winners, people who cheated death, and even treasure hunters who made incredible discoveries! Of course, you can’t be lucky all the time, but it seems some people were just born under the right stars. It’s not fair, of course, but it is what it is. Call it kismet, call it fate, but some people just find a way to beat incredible odds. Some of these stories are so incredible, you likely won’t believe them. Check out these extreme examples of what’s possible when lady luck smiles upon you.
Born in 1814, Sax survived more close calls with death than seems possible. Throughout his childhood, he fell from three stories up and hit his head on a rock, he drank a bowl of sulfuric acid, he swallowed a needle, was burned by exploding gunpowder, fell onto a red-hot skillet, nearly drowned in a river, was struck in the head by a falling cobblestone, and several times went to bed surrounded by newly varnished furniture (the suffocating fumes of the fresh varnish could have easily done him in).
It was so exacerbating that his mother reportedly felt that “He’s a child condemned to misfortune; he won’t live.” But live, he did. Adolphe Sax is the creator of the saxophone and his persistent, or lucky, survival forever changed the world of music.
Yorgos Kentrotas and Oliver Voutier
This is a case of being in just the right place, at just the right time. Kentrotas was a meager farmer on the island of Milos where French officer Voutier had stopped. Voutier noticed that while Kentrotas was gathering stones for his farm, he stopped suddenly. What Kentrotas unearthed was a sculpture of beauty, the famed Venus Milo statue of ancient Greece.
Though they don’t seem to have fallen into riches as a result, of all the “stones” to find, Kentrotas picked a great one!
Pavel, Petko, and Michail Deikov
These three brothers were digging for clay in Bulgaria and found much, much more than they ever expected. A treasure of ceremonial, and intricately decorated, items made of gold, dated from the 4th century BCE. With more than 13 pounds of gold, their find had been deemed a priceless value.
Finders of The Saddle Ridge Hoard
While out walking their dog, a California couple came across an old can sticking out from the ground. When they brought it home, they found it was full of gold pieces. They went back and eventually found eight cans in total with over 1,400 rare gold coins. It’s estimated value is around $10 million dollars!
Working in Hiroshima in 1945 when the nuclear attack occurred, Tsutomu Yamaguchi was lucky to survive. He returned home to Nagasaki shortly after and went back to work on August 9, the same day that city was under nuclear attack. After surviving them both, he became an advocate for nuclear disarmament.