Insight into the amazing life of the world’s unluckiest lottery winner who ‘avoided death’ SEVEN times before winning the £600,000 jackpot

This is the startling story of the world’s unluckiest lottery winner, who claims to have cheated death seven times before hitting a £600,000 jackpot.

Frano Selak, a former music teacher who won the award in Croatia, has revealed that he plans to give away his fortune.

Frane Selak claimed he escaped death seven times


Frane Selak claimed he escaped death seven times

Frano, who died in 2016 at the age of 87, bought the winning ticket in 2005 to celebrate his fifth marriage.

He says he survived train and plane crashes, as well as a number of other near-death experiences.

His first lucky escape is said to have come in 1962, when a train he was on crashed into an icy river, killing seventeen people.

It was followed by his falling from an airplane in 1963, a bus accident in 1966, car fires in 1970 and 1973, another bus accident (he was hit by one this time) in 1995, and his car falling from a 300-foot slope Cliff in 1996, he claims.

Frano said that each time he either escaped with minor injuries or managed to escape the vehicle in question, including by falling into a haystack and ending up in a tree on a cliff.

To top it all off, the tip that got him the win was his first time playing the lottery.

But now he wants to give his money away because “you can’t buy happiness with it”.

He said The Telegraph: “All I need at my age is my Katarina. Money wouldn’t change anything.”

“When she arrived, I knew I really had an amazing, blessed life.

“I never thought I would be lucky enough to survive all encounters with death. I thought I was unlucky to be there at all.”

He has reportedly sold his luxury home on a private island and donated large sums to friends and family, but says he has never been happier.

All he keeps is enough for a hip replacement so he can spend time with his wife and build a shrine to the Virgin Mary to thank him for his good fortune.

It comes after we gave a glimpse into the life of a tragic lottery winner, who said his £9million win “ruined” his life as he drank himself to death.


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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