15 Times When Life Favored People Tremendously

Entertainment | By Harriet King | December 8, 2017

As they say in the online world, "life comes at you fast." We never know when we're about to be put through one of life's little challenges or win a life lottery. Sometimes we'll end up experiencing both in one day. There are plenty of stories about the plane that horrifically crashed, leaving one sole survivor. How lucky to be that one person! Despite the fact that a plane crash is obviously an awful thing to experience. You won't believe these stories...

A Wild Ride

Ben Carpenter, a physically disabled, wheelchair-bound man, experienced one hell of a ride when he was hit by a massive truck while crossing the road. The handles of his wheelchair got stuck in the grills of the truck and it didn't slow down for seven miles!

Lottery Luck Or Statistics Genius?

Joan Ginther won more than $20 million on four jackpots through the lottery. Famous in lottery folklore, nobody knows if Ginther won her money by pure luck or if she put her Ph.D. in statistics to very good use. Either way, well done!

Double Whammy

This is almost too lucky to believe! Bill Morgan from Melbourne, Australia was the lucky winner of a car after a random scratch ticket purchase. When asked to reenact his win for some news cameras, he won a whopping $250,000!

A Medical Miracle

Talk about lucky escapes! Eduardo Leite was working on a construction site when an iron rod pierced his helmet, penetrated his skull, and exited between his eyes. Doctors said if the rod had entered just millimeters to the left or right he would have been paralyzed.

No Survivors

Jack Ridout had no idea how lucky he was to be experiencing an air conditioning malfunction at the house he was staying in. Due to the heat, he decided to leave town one day early. The flight he was supposed to take crashed in San Diego with no survivors.

Death Cheater

It wasn't the first time Jack Ridout had cheated airplane death. He was a passenger on Pan Am Flight 1736, one of the two aircrafts that collided in the Tenerife Airport Disaster, killing 583 people. How lucky can one guy get!

Wilderness Wanderer

Wow - you've got to have a special kind of confidence to just walk into the Australian outback with no plan. But that's exactly what Robert Bogucki did. Amazingly, he was found 43 days later by rescue teams and was physically unharmed.

Rags To Riches

This French soldier really turned his fortunes around. After working his way up the ladder from a foot soldier to one of Napoleon's marshals, Jean Bernadotte was appointed heir to the Swedish throne after treating some Swedish prisoners of war nicely.

Home Renovation Win

While renovating his $10,000 home, David Gonzalez noticed something very interesting that had been used as wall insulation. It was a copy of Action Comics #1, which features Superman's debut. He sold it for $175,000 - his humble home was the best investment!

Doomsday Survivor

After being thrown in a cell for a drunken brawl, Ludger Sylbaris was feeling down on his luck. The next day, a volcano erupted over the city of Saint-Pierre, which destroyed every building and killed almost 30,000 people. Sylbaris survived in the underground prison.

Silver Detective

Eric Lawes didn't realize how lucky he'd get when his neighbor asked him to use his metal detector to help him find a misplaced hammer. Lawes ended up stumbling upon the largest collection of Roman silver and gold ever discovered in the United Kingdom.

A Lucky Pizza?

How are all of these people winning the lottery twice? Cary Collings thought he was lucky enough to have won $55,555 from a scratch ticket. The next day, while eating a pizza, he decided to buy two more tickets. He won $200,000!

A Revealing Skydive

When her parachute failed to open while skydiving, Shayna Richardson landed face first in a parking lot. Miraculously, she was discovered alive and sitting up. After four surgeries, she found out she was pregnant and that both her and the baby would be okay.

Almost Certain Death

After a truck crashed into Kelli Groves's car on a bridge, she and her two daughters found themselves hanging over a ravine. Firefighters were trying their best to extract the family before the car fell, but it wasn't until some navy seals, who happened to be in the traffic, joined them, that they could rescue the terrified three.

Escaping The IRA

Raymond Levy was just a normal guy who happened to keep finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Throughout the troubles with Ireland and terrorist organization, the IRA, Levy managed to escape three separate bombings - one in Manchester and two in London.

Did You Know...


Chefs made their way into celebrity land a while ago. But how many celebrities that weren’t trained as professional cooks are actually whizzes in the kitchen? Here are several that come to mind.


Actress Julia Roberts is confident about her cooking skills. “I’m quite a good cook,” she told E! News. “I’m like a closet home ec teacher…I can really cook anything.” Roberts has said she often cooks fish for herself and her kids. And speaking of her three children, “They think that I’m a good cook,” Roberts told People. “They actually told me that I should open a restaurant.” She also relishes cooking for the holidays, particularly shredded Brussel sprouts. Roberts hasn’t published a cookbook, but we did find recipes attributed to her for peach crisp and banana hemp muffins. Or you can make the same summer salad the actress supposedly eats.


Chrissy Teigen started off as a supermodel. Then her love of cooking filtered into her professional life too. At this point, she’s created recipes for a limited Blue Apron release and also just launched her own home and cooking line at Target named “Cravings,” after the two cookbooks she’s released. Teigen describes cooking as “a time of peace” for herself. So maybe peace out to her tuna melt sandwich or the fried chicken wings that are a favorite of her husband, John Legend.


Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, comes from a cooking Italian family. Her father started his own restaurant in New York and also published a cookbook. And apparently, Lady Gaga has inherited the family’s cooking genes. Her Instagram account occasionally features photos of her culinary activities. Sure, sometimes it’s topless cooking. But other times it’s more poignant like in the post she shared about her bringing food to the family of her dear friend who passed away. Want to try a Gaga/Germanotta family favorite? Check out her recipe for whole wheat pasta with a sweet fennel sauce.

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