World’s Luckiest Man Cheats Death… Then Wins the Lottery


81 year-old Frano Selak has to be one of the world”s luckiest men. He survived so many accidents that should have been fatal he may be mistaken for a cat (because of his 9 lives). But after that? He won A600,000 five years ago in the lottery in Croatia.

Even though his good fortune seemed limitless, Frano decided that “money cannot buy happiness” and has decided to live a frugal life. He gave his money away to his family, he sold all of his worldly luxuries and the only money he kept was for a hip replacement surgery so that he could happily live out the rest of his life with his wife.

You don”t see luck like this every day.


“All I need at my age is my Katarina. Money would not change anything,” he said.

He added that people were always telling him he was lucky to have survived so many disasters but he added: “I always think I was unlucky to have been in them in the first place but you can”t tell people what they don”t want to believe.”

He survived a train derailing and crashing into an icy river, hypothermia, shock, broken bones, falling from an airplane, a bus crashing into a river, a car catching fire, getting hit by a bus and then surviving crashing his car off of the side of a mountain.

He then won A600,000 with his first ever lottery ticket and celebrated his fifth marriage saying: “I guess all the earlier marriages were disasters too.”


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