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Lara Croft!
20-11-10, 13:10
A music teacher, Frano Selak, who was dubbed the world's luckiest man after cheating death seven times before winning the lottery has now decided to give away his fortune.


http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01636/lucky_1636636c.jpg


The 81 year-old won 600,000 five years ago in the lottery in Croatia, to celebrate his fifth marriage, after earlier surviving plane and train crashes.
He also survived other disasters including landing on a haystack after falling out of a plane door that had blown open.
Now the pensioner has decided that "money cannot buy happiness" and has decided to live a frugal life.

He has sold his luxury home on a private island, given away his fortune to family and friends and moved back to his modest home in Petrinja, which is south of Zagreb, in the centre of the country.
He kept the last bit of his winnings for a hip replacement operation so he could enjoy life with his wife and also so he could build a shrine to the Virgin Mary to give thanks for his luck.
Mr Selak said he has never been happier.
"All I need at my age is my Katarina. Money would not change anything," he said.
"When she arrived I knew then that I really did have a charmed, blessed life.
"I never thought I was lucky to survive all my brushes with death. I thought I was unlucky to be in them in the first place."
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 had his first escape in 1962 when a train he was travelling on from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik jumped the rails and plunged into an icy river.
Seventeen people drowned and he barely made it to the riverbank after suffering from hypothermia, shock, bruises and a broken arm.
A year later, he was thrown out of a plane on his first and only flight when a door flew open.
This time 19 people died but he was thrown clear of the crash and landed in a haystack.
Then in 1966, a bus he was on skidded into a river, drowning four. He swam to safety with just cuts and bruises.
Accident number four came in 1970 when his car caught fire as he drove along a motorway and he fled with seconds to spare before the fuel tank exploded.
Three years later, he lost most of his hair when a faulty fuel pump spewed petrol over the hot engine of his car and blew flames through the air vents.
Then in 1995 came his sixth accident when he was knocked down by a bus in Zagreb but walked away with minor injuries.
The following year, he was driving in the mountains when he turned a corner to see a UN truck coming straight for him.
His Skoda careered through a crash barrier and over the 300ft precipice.
But he leapt clear at the last minute and sat in a tree as he watched his car hit the bottom and explode.
He then won 600,000 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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I can't decide if he is the luckiest person on earth or one of the unluckiest. He has witnessed so many accidents.

tonyme
20-11-10, 13:12
:D

Thanks for sharing.:tmb:

Scurvy
20-11-10, 13:13
He has one adventurous life, waking up each day not knowing if its his last :p

tonyme
20-11-10, 13:14
He has one adventurous life, waking up each day not knowing if its his last :p

We all wake up like that.:p

Paddy
20-11-10, 13:14
Lucky that he survived them all, unlucky that he had so many accidents.

Ikas90
20-11-10, 13:17
Wow, that's intense. I wonder what to think of it.

Maybe all his accidents were omens. :p If he kept the 600,000, he may have died.

Mikky
20-11-10, 13:39
Kinda like that fat guy from Lost, eh?

tampi
20-11-10, 14:02
This is quite curious.:cool:
It is the man who has but he is not own of nothing.

It's a crossroads-man, too.

He is involved in accidents but he does not have the same fate as those accidents persons.
He wins lottery but no money makes happy.
He has been married five times. No woman was the ideal.

There is still one more curious issue.
Apparently, an accident and married or winning the lottery are contradictory.
But are they really?

It is also a crossroads-man because he has the quality to be in the center of a series of random? or rare circumstances.

Luckly he is far from here:rolleyes::confused: :o

larson n natla
20-11-10, 14:04
What a nice gesture at least he can appreciate life without money. I hope he enjoys the rest of his time.

robm_2007
20-11-10, 20:17
What a life!

He has had more Vehicular Death Evasions than Lara Croft. :D

cezy rockeru
20-11-10, 20:21
What a life!

He has had more Vehicular Death Evasions than Lara Croft. :D

well said!:tmb:

robm_2007
20-11-10, 20:38
well said!:tmb:

let's hope no one gets on the same bus, plane, train, boat, tandem bicycle, car, etc as him; cuz someone is most likely going to die :pi:

cezy rockeru
20-11-10, 20:42
let's hope no one gets on the same bus, plane, train, boat, tandem bicycle, car, etc as him; cuz someone is most likely going to die :pi:

not if they stay next to the world's luckiest man:vlol:

Alpharaider47
20-11-10, 21:24
Probably stupid, but I wish my life was like that :p All of those brushes with death must've been sort of exciting :p Hehe lucky 7 right? Seems like a nice guy though, giving that all away; and a happy fellow too!

robm_2007
20-11-10, 21:26
Probably stupid, but I wish my life was like that :p All of those brushes with death must've been sort of exciting :p Hehe lucky 7 right? Seems like a nice guy though, giving that all away; and a happy fellow too!

"Did i ever tell you I was struck by lightning 7 times?"

Once I was just crossing the road to get the mail.....
:vlol:

Alpharaider47
21-11-10, 01:02
"Did i ever tell you I was struck by lightning 7 times?"

Once I was just crossing the road to get the mail.....
:vlol:

Oh! How electrifying! :vlol: