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7 Luckiest People in the World

We’ve all heard stories about people who were incredibly lucky in their lives. Some managed to cheat death on numerous occasions and lived to tell the tale, while others won life-changing amounts of money at the casinos. At first, it’s hard to believe these stories, but nothing is impossible when it comes to lady luck. I guess this is where the story “You can step on a man’s toes, but you can’t step on his luck” comes. 

Let’s take a look at the 7 luckiest people in the world and see what their story is all about. If you’d like to try your luck, visit any of our online slot sites and spin that reel.

Jon Heywood


Jon Heywood was an average 26-year-old from the UK who had no idea that at one lucky moment his life would change in an instant. Coming from a military family and a soldier himself Jon decided to try his luck at Betway casino one night. He made a small deposit and in his own words, he didn’t even know what game to play. He went for Mega Moolah simply because it was the game with the biggest icon on the screen. But little did he know that this was the most popular jackpot slot in the world and the jackpot was ready to land at any minute. 

He started spinning on minimum bet while watching the TV and didn’t really pay attention to what was going on in the game. When he looked down he could see a big wheel spinning and it stopped right in the middle. At first, he thought he won £10,000 but no. The number kept going up reaching a whopping £13.2 million. He joined the casino 25 minutes earlier and managed to become a millionaire and a Guinness World Record holder for winning the biggest jackpot in the history of online casinos. His story just proves that it takes only one lucky spin in order to become a millionaire. 

Source: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-jackpot-payout-in-an-online-slot-achine-game

Elmer Sherwin

The story of Elmer Sherwin is closely connected to one extremely lucky jackpot slot at a Las Vegas casino. Elmer visited the casino back in 1989 and decided to try his luck with a single $100 bet. As lady luck would have it he won a staggering $5 million on the very first spin.

Needless to say that this win was a life changer. He decided to use the money to go out and see the world. He managed to travel all over and eventually was running low on cash. It took him 16 years and he decided to come back to the same slot again. And again he put in $100 into the machine. Guessing what happened next? That’s right, another jackpot. Only this time the total amount was a massive $21 million. Now he was set for life and he also used some of that money to help those in need after hurricane Katrina hit. 

Source: https://lasvegassun.com/news/2005/sep/16/jackpot-strikes-a-second-time-for-man-92/

Virginia Fike


Virginia Fike was an ordinary woman who played the Powerball lottery on a regular basis. She always played the same numbers. They were their parent’s anniversary and their ages at the time, divided by the year they were married. A bit of complicated math you have to admit, but it turned out to be the right equation.

On the day that she went in to purchase the ticket, there was a mix up at the counter. So instead of buying the regular one ticket, she had to buy two with the same numbers. When the draw finally took place she had 5 of the winning 6 numbers. The top prize at the time was $80 million, but her winning numbers entitled her to a $1 million win. Since she bought two separate tickets each one was worth a cool million. So she ended up becoming a millionaire and one of the luckiest people in the world. 

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-buzz/post/virginia-woman-wins-two-1-million-powerball-prizes-on-same-day/2012/04/24/gIQA8AcXeT_blog.html

Joan Ginther

Joan Ginther is the perfect example of how lady luck can change your life. She was a passionate lottery player and is one of the most successful players in the world. She managed to win the top prize in the lottery for a total of 4 times. The first win came in 1993, netting her $5.4 million. The second win was in 2006, winning $2 million on the scratch card Holiday Millionaire. Another $3 million came her way in 2008, followed by another $10 million in 2010. The way things are going we wouldn’t be surprised to see another win from Joan Ginther soon. 

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kiriblakeley/2011/07/21/meet-the-luckiest-woman-in-the-world/#6d60488a1058

Frane Selak

This music teacher had an exciting life to say the least. He managed to cheat death on seven separate occasions. His ordeal started in 1962 with a train crash, followed by a plane and a bus crash. He managed to escape a burning truck and a burning car and got hit by a bus, only to escape a sure death when his car plummeted 300 feet down a gorge. Two days after his 73rd birthday he won $1.1 million in the national lottery. 

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-27414609

Darren Yeats

Darren Yeats was the lucky punter who decided to put his faith into Frankie Dettori. The event took place in 1996 in Ascot on Champions Day. Darren decided to place a 7-fold accumulator bet for one rider to win all races of the day. He put in a total of £60, with odds reaching 25,000 to 1. When Dettori won all of the races Darren managed to clear an incredible £550,000. This day is remembered as one of the greatest days in horse racing, but also as the luckiest day for Darren Yeats. 

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/racing-the-day-dettoris-magnificent-seven-left-the-bookies-in-tears-417195.html

Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Tsutomu Yamaguchi is entered in history as the only man who managed to survive the nuclear blasts in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He was on a business trip to Hiroshima when the bomb dropped 3 kilometres away. By a strange twist of fate, he survived and went back to his firm in Nagasaki. This happened 3 days after the first blast, only to be welcomed by a second one. Later on, he became a spokesman about the damaging effects of nuclear weapons and fought for a nuclear-free world. 

Source: https://www.history.com/news/the-man-who-survived-two-atomic-bombs