Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi may have once sagely said, “In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck,” but these people would have to disagree. After all, their fortune can really only be described as incredibly good luck. From the multiple-lottery winners to the guy who found hundreds of thousands of dollars of gold coins in an old piano, most of us can only hope to be as fortunate.
20. This double lottery winner
In 1999 Bill Morgan spent 14 minutes clinically dead after a bad reaction to medicine. But 12 days later, he awoke from his coma, apparently totally healthy. Clearly realizing life is short, he proposed to his girlfriend and bought a scratch ticket that won him a $23,000 car. Then while recreating his jackpot for a local news station, he somehow netted himself another $350,000 on camera with the second scratch ticket.
19. This Swedish wife
Back in 1995, Lena Påhlsson removed her custom-designed wedding ring to do some baking – and seemingly lost it forever. That is, until 16 years later, when she miraculously discovered the long-lost ring wrapped around a carrot in her vegetable patch. Yes, the stars seemingly aligned to return the ring to the Swede, whose husband Ola theorized that it must have ended up in the compost used to fertilize the garden.
18. This treasure-hunting couple
They may not have set out specifically to find treasure, but that’s exactly what one anonymous California couple stumbled across while walking their dog in 2014. Indeed, they unearthed nearly 1,500 near-mint condition gold coins, dating back to 19th century America, buried under a tree on their property. And their value today? Oh, just $8.5 million.
17. This receipt shredder
Accidentally shredding something sounds way worse than just throwing it away. After all, there’s always a chance you can recover it from the trash before it’s gone forever. But once you’ve shredded an important document – such as a receipt – there’s usually no going back. Unless you’re this lucky individual, that is, who managed to find the exact piece of information they needed on one shredded strip.
16. This lucky nephew
There must be all sorts of treasures lost to the attics of otherwise unknowing relatives. Take this Tennessee man, for instance, who discovered that his aunt’s attic was full of rare baseball cards from the ’50s and ’60s, together worth more than $1 million. One box in particular, a 1948 Bowman set, was worth $500,000 all on its own.
15. This piano tuner
In 2017, piano tuner Martin Backhouse took the job of a lifetime. Indeed, while working on a Broadwood piano owned by a community college in England, he discovered a stash of almost 1,000 gold coins that dated back a century. And with the piano’s original owners unknown, the cash value of the find was split between the college and Backhouse, to the tune of $350,000 each.
14. This near miss
While having a nail slice through your skin is probably pretty painful, this could easily have been so much worse. Indeed, this individual’s foot was mere centimeters away from grave catastrophe. Just imagine if that nail, or the foot, had aligned ever so slightly more harmoniously. It’s making our stomach churn just thinking about it.
13. This driver
We have no doubt this person’s heart really did stop for a couple of seconds when the keys fell out of their hands, straight in the direction of the drain. Fortunately for them, however, the universe was apparently looking kindly on them that day. Otherwise, things could have been disastrous.
12. This lottery winner
While winning the lottery twice is already way luckier than most of us will ever get, it still doesn’t match up to winning the lottery twice in the same day. But that’s exactly what Virginia Fike did in her namesake state in 2012. Indeed, she bought a pair of tickets with the same numbers, each of which won her a cool $1 million prize.
11. This speeding driver
How lucky was this speeding driver? Very, very lucky, we’d say. After all, this bird crossed the line of sight between the speed camera and their car’s registration at exactly the right time. As coincidences go, it’s a huge one – and for this driver, hugely fortunate.
10. This airline traveler
Reserving your seat for a flight is basically firing into the dark. After all, you never know who you’re going to end up next to, in front of or behind. And often, it’s hard to know just how much leg room you’re going to enjoy. Fortunately, however, it can go well – just ask this guy, who totally lucked out with his seat.
9. This hard worker
Don’t let anyone tell you hard work doesn’t pay off. Indeed, if this employee had left early on Friday like everyone else, they never would have received an absolute bounty of gifts from their boss, who’d brought in goodies for the whole office. Fortunately, they were the only one left to take them. It must have felt like Christmas…
8. This darts player
This guy came eye-wateringly close to regretting wearing sandals that day. Indeed, the odds of this dart reaching his foot but only landing between his toes must be astronomical. And yet that’s exactly what happened. Somehow, though, we think he’ll be wearing proper footwear around dartboards from now on – just in case.
7. This fortunate vehicle
Really, it’s almost like it was meant to be. After all, just a few feet either way and that tree could have spelled certain disaster for the car. But instead, its owner – and their insurance company – can count their lucky stars that the curvature was just perfect enough to avoid it.
6. This iPhone user
On the list of first-world problems, dropping your cell phone into the toilet must rank pretty highly. Unless you’re this lucky individual, that is, whose phone was caught at the last second, thanks to falling at an impossibly favorable angle. Sure, it’ll still need wiping down, but it’s totally avoided all water damage.
5. This adopted son
At 22 years old, Steve Flaig decided it was time to meet his birth mom. Christine Tallady had given her firstborn son up for adoption in 1985, unprepared for life as a single mother. Then, in 2007 she received a call from the adoption agency, saying he wanted to meet her. The lucky part? It turned out they worked at the same Lowe’s store in Michigan. You couldn’t make it up.
4. This scratch-ticket winner
Let’s be honest: nobody ever believes those “Win up to 20 times” claims. After all, what are the odds of actually winning the full 20 on a single scratch ticket? Well, clearly they’re not totally impossible, because this incredibly lucky individual managed it. Their total winnings may not have been anywhere near the touted $1 million, but nobody’s going to turn their nose up at $4,000.
3. This beer drinker
Sometimes, you have to be thankful for the little things in life. Indeed, this may not match up to winning big on the lottery or finding a piano full of valuable gold coins but a free beer is a free beer. And we’re definitely not going to say no to that.
2. This golden-ticket winner
If you’ve ever doubted the authenticity of these promotions – that is, whether there actually is a “golden ticket” – then you can put those doubts to rest. Yes, this picture is proof that at least sometimes, they genuinely do exist. And you really can win – as long as you have lady luck on your side.
1. This wheelchair user
In 2007, Ben Carpenter traveled several miles down a highway at 50 mph in his wheelchair, after getting caught in the grille of a truck. The driver had been unable to see Carpenter crossing the road from his high vantage point, and was blissfully unaware he had a new passenger. Indeed, it wasn’t until a pair of undercover police officers spotted the bizarre sight that Carpenter was rescued. And, luckily, he survived the ordeal with no injuries.