Frane Selak is a Croatian music teacher who is both the luckiest and unluckiest man in the world. Not only has he escaped death 7 times, but the man also won the lottery in ’03. Selak is now 90 y.o., and the debate about whether he is lucky or unlucky has yet to be settled. Here, MusicSnake Magazine provides a detailed timeline of his brushes with death and financial victory.

1962 – Frane Selak Swam to Safety

In ’62, the train Frane Selak was on jumped the tracks and careened into a river. Though other passengers on the train died, Selak was able to swim to safety, despite the fact that he had a broken arm.

1963 – Plane Crash

The very next year, he was on a plane that had both malfunctioning engines. As the plane lost altitude, a door blew off, and Frane was sucked out of the plane. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as every single passenger on the plane died while Frane Selak somehow managed to land safely in a haystack.

1964 – Bus Crash II

In ’64, the man went through another bus crash. Ice caused the bus wheels to lock up, and it plunged into the valley below it. Frane Selak survived, again.

1970 – Vehicular Explosion

After all of these brushes with death, he decided to give public transportation a rest and bought a car. However, while he was driving in ’70, the car engine burst into flames. He was somehow able to jump free of the car before it exploded.

1973 – Vehicular Explosion II

Yet again in ’73, a fuel pump in his new car decided to rupture, which caused another fire. This time, the flames were blown inside the car, making the situation worse than the first time this happened. Selak was badly burnt, but he still managed to survive.

1995 – Hit By a Bus

In ’95, he was hit by a bus and managed to survive. Selak stopped riding public transportation, but he couldn’t stay away from it forever.

1996 – The Truck Driver Incident

In ’96, he was driving on a mountain road when a truck driver forced him off the side. He fell 300 feet in his car, which promptly exploded when it hit the ground. However, the man didn’t actually fall the entire 300 feet, because he was somehow able to jump out of his car and hang on to a tree on the side of the mountain.

2003 – The Luckiest Person in the World

After escaping death 7 times, Frane Selak decided to play the lottery. The ticket he bought in ’03 was the first he had bought in over 40 years. Naturally, Selak won. So, is Frane the world’s luckiest or unluckiest person? You decide for yourself. Thanks for reading!

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