Truth be told, there are only two things that you need in order to win a jackpot prize. You need to have the money to play, which is relatively simple, then you need the luck to be on your side in order to land you that life-changing win.
That is where things get considerably tougher as of course, not everyone can have the same degree of luck and Lady Fortune only tends to smile down on some fortunate player every now and then, especially when it comes to e.g. MegaMoolah.com top progressive jackpot prize.
The luckiest online slots players in history
MegaMoolah.com is the world's most popular online jackpot slot. This progressive game has made more millionaires than any other jackpot game. There have been three absolutely massive Mega Moolah jackpots recently.
British ex-soldier Jon Heywood won 13.2 million British Pounds in 2015. This win equals to over $20 million in US Dollars. It is also recognized in the Guinness World Records as the largest ever online jackpot paid out.
In 2018 a lucky player who remained anonymous won 18.9 million Euros on the Mega Moolah progressive. This equaled to over $20 million in US Dollars as well. And in 2019 a lucky player from Canada won 20 million Canadian Dollars on the Mega Moolah. That player also chose to remain anonymous.
So yes, these were very lucky players but they are not the only people in the world to benefit from the vagaries of luck. For some people, luck seems to go their way more often than not, but it should also be remembered that luck can be good but also bad!
So here are a number of other tales of lucky folk, and I'll let you be the judge of whether they have had more than their fair share of fortune, whether that be good, or bad.
The luckiest slots player in history
Winning a progressive jackpot is a pipe dream for the vast majority of players that play a slot. For the tiny fraction of a percent that do, it is a life-changing experience and can leave them shell-shocked at how their life is now going to change.
Elmer Sherwin experienced that incredible feeling when he attended the opening of The Mirage casino in Las Vegas. Playing the Megabucks slot, Sherwin's fortune was in when he landed an incredible $4.6 million jackpot prize, at odds of greater than ten million to one.
The then 76-year old used the money to travel the world but he never lost his love of the slots or of the Megabucks game. Then 16 years later, at the ripe-old age of 92, Sherwin played the slot once again and incredibly landed another progressive jackpot win, this time a prize of over $21 million dollars.
Sherwin donated a lot of that win to charity, but it made him an instant celebrity and ensured that his name will go down as one of the luckiest slots players to ever win the game. The odds of his double success are, according to the Las Vegas Advisor newsletter "billions, if not trillions to one".
The luckiest EuroMillions players
Back in July 2013, Scunthorpe-based couple David and Kathleen Long had played the special 100 Millionaires in One Night draw that Euromillions had run that summer. On that draw, theirs was fortunate enough to be one of the 100 tickets drawn that saw the holder become an instant millionaire.
Four years later, in March 2017, the couple had continued to play the lottery following their win and then in a Mega Draw on a Friday night, they watched as the balls were drawn.
"On one line, I'd matched two numbers and one star to get £7.20 and thought "that's alright'. Then I checked the raffle codes," stated David.
"After a few moments, I very calmly called Kath in and said "have a look at this. It's there. Look. Read that line."
"Kath checked the TV, then she turned on the laptop and checked the website. Then she went up right close to our television on the wall, put on her glasses and stared really hard at the raffle numbers. It seemed ages and then she finally said: "You said you'd do it again and you have!"
The unluckiest Park Ranger
Of course, not all luck is good and often the shock of landing a big win is described as like being struck by lightning, or a bolt from the blue. One person perhaps most able to empathize with this notion is the United States Park Ranger Ray Sullivan, who was a ranger in the Shenandoah National Park between 1942 and 1977.
He was first hit in April 1942 but it was from 1969 that Ray seemed to become Shenandoah's own personal lightning rod.
He was hit in July 1969 for the second time, then a year later in July 1970, then once again in the spring of 1972. The fourth time he was hit by lighting was in August 1973 and then he had a three year respite before being hit in June 1976 and finally he was struck for the "lucky' seventh time in June 1977.
Ray's misfortune with lightning also extended to his wife, who was struck once when hanging out the clothes in her back yard. Ray was helping her at the time but for once, was not struck himself.
What are the chances of being struck once in a year, around 1 in 10,000. To be struck seven times in a lifetime is around 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Amazingly Ray survived all of his brushes with the lightning god and lived to the age of 71.
However, in 2014, a South Carolina resident, Melvin Roberts, claimed that he has been hit by lightning ten times in his lifetime, while his wife Martha has been hit a further four times herself.
Now that's a hefty slice of luck that you can well do without!
The luckiest man in the world
If you take Ray Sullivan's brushes with death and then add Elmer Sherwin's lottery good fortune and can then bundle that up and offer it to one person, you would assume that this person would be luckiest person alive on planet Earth. That person may well be Croatian Frane Selak.
According to Selak's own accounts he has survived at least seven brushes with death in his lifetime. After a rather safe career as a music teacher, Selak's good fortune started when he was a survivor in a train crash which killed a number of people, followed a short time later by being one of the survivors in a plane crash in his native Croatia.
He was then involved in a fatal bus crash, and survived, before he twice escaped fireballs in his car, once when a fuel tank exploded when he was driving on a motorway and another where petrol ignited as he was filling his car turning it into a fireball.
His problems with automotive continued in 1995 when he was hit by a bus, but lived and then a year later, a truck came down a mountain road, heading straight for his car, Selak leapt clear before the truck smashed into his vehicle, with the car subsequently exploding.
Selak's brushes with fortune however took a better turn in the mid 2000s as he ended up winning a lottery in Croatia, taking home a prize worth £600,000.
Now that is someone who knows how to utilize their good fortune to the max!
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