These Are Officially The 13 Unluckiest People in The World

These Are Officially The 13 Unluckiest People in The World

We’re not particularly superstitious here at Of course, it helps at the poker table if fate’s cards are in your favor, but ultimately you make your own luck, right?

Yet, sometimes when you’re on the casino floor, some people just seem to have the rub of the green. And then there are those who could walk right past a four-leaf clover. For every lottery winner, there’s always someone who misplaced that winning ticket.

So, just for fun, we decided to do a little digging and compile a list featuring 13 of the unluckiest people in the world.

1. Frane Selak

Is this the luckiest or unluckiest guy on the planet? You decide.

Croatian music teacher Selak, now aged 90, claims to have had not one, but seven, brushes with death.

Close calls are said to have included a train crash, being sucked out of an airplane door, surviving a bus crash into a river, two car fires, being hit by a bus and narrowly avoiding a 300 ft drop after a driving accident.

Although, Selak is later believed to have had his fortunes turned with a rather large lottery win. We still wouldn’t travel with him…

2. Costis Mitsotakis

The Greek filmmaker, Costis Mitsotakis, is another unfortunate soul often dubbed the ‘world’s unluckiest man’.

The reason?

He was the only resident in a small Spanish village not to win a share of a whopping $922 million jackpot in 2011. As the only person not to buy an El Gordo lottery ticket, he missed out as all of his neighbors reveled.

So what did he do — wallow? Of course not. He made a film about it.

3. Martyn Tott

Martyn and Kay Tott
Martyn and Kay Tott, appearing on GMTV in 2001 after being denied their lottery winnings. [Image: GMTV via Daily Mail]

Speaking of unlucky lotteries…we next head to the UK.

In 2001, Martyn Tott and his then wife, Kay, switched on the TV to see an appeal for what was an unclaimed Camelot lottery jackpot — a prize of £3m — and theirs were the winning numbers.

But misfortune struck and the couple realized they’d lost the ticket.

Despite still being within the claim period for the prize, they were outside the claim timeframe for lost tickets, meaning Camelot refused to pay out.

4. Roy Sullivan

Roy Sullivan
Roy Sullivan aka the ‘human lightening rod’. [Image: ATI/National Park Service]

Perhaps the most famously unlucky person on this list; Roy Sullivan is best known for being hit by lightning…seven times.

The former park ranger was nicknamed the ‘human lightning rod’ and features in the Guinness World Records for surviving more lightning strikes than anyone else in recorded history.

In a particularly unlucky period, he was struck four times in five years, between 1969 and 1973.

5. Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez
Melanie Martinez – the most unlucky woman in the US? [Image: travelfuntu]

Known as the ‘unluckiest woman in America’, Martinez seems to be cursed when it comes to hurricanes and houses.

While living in Louisiana, the school bus driver has lost five houses to hurricanes in the storm-prone area.

Yep, five.

That’s across a time span of 50 years — but her last known home loss occurred in 2012, not long after her abode received a $20,000 reality TV makeover.

6. Jason & Jenny Cairns-Lawrence

This couple from England has an uncanny ability for finding trouble when they travel, having been unfortunate enough to be on vacation in three cities undergoing terrorist attacks.

They found themselves in New York City during the tragic events of 9/11, before apparently choosing London as a safer destination in 2005 — only for the city to suffer a series of suicide bombings.

Finally, Jason and Jenny were also visiting Mumbai at the time of the 2008 attack on several landmarks. You could say they were actually lucky to have avoided harm.

7. Violet Jessop

Violet Jessop
Violet Jessop was known as ‘Miss Unsinkable’. [Image: Reddit]

Unlucky for sure, but Violet Jessop was also a survivor.

The Irish-Argentine nurse and ocean liner stewardess was jinxed when it came to traversing the waves — she was on both the RMS Titanic and HMHS Britannic ships when they sank in the early 1900s.

Not only that, but she was also on board the RMS Olympic when it suffered an at-sea collision.

Despite that being enough to put most people off for life, ‘Miss Unsinkable’ returned to working on ships in 1920.

8. John Lyne

Having been given the unofficial title of ‘Britain’s unluckiest man’, John Lyne boasts a CV crammed full of unlucky, and perhaps hapless, events.

The Brit estimates that he has had 16 major accidents in his life (at last reported count).

This includes: falling off a horse and cart, being run over by a van, falling down a man hole, lightning strikes, car crashes, an accident in a mine, and the clincher: falling out of a tree and then breaking his arm in a bus crash on his way back from the hospital.


9. Josef Reiner

We had to include at least one unlucky gambler.

So we opted for Josef Reiner, an Austrian casino player who reportedly faked an assault on himself to avoid telling his wife he had blown thousands while playing roulette.

After losing all that money, Reiner decided the only logical thing to do was to claim he had been robbed — and then break his own nose, jaw and arm to prove it. Of course, it didn’t remain a secret.

If this is true, he definitely made his own bad luck.

10. Ann Hodges

Ann Hodges and the meteorite injury she sustained.
Ann Hodges was hit by a meteorite from space. [Image: Pinterest/DeepEchoes]

Ann Hodges makes this list for meteorite misfortune.

Yep, the Alabama native was just going about her own business when she was struck by a meteor from outer space.

She is reportedly the only person in history to have been hit by a space rock. But the accident was bizarre — the offending rock burst through her ceiling before bouncing off her radio and making contact with her thigh.

What are the odds?

11. Erik Norrie

Erik Norrie
Erik Norrie has had tons of near misses. [Image: YouTube]

This man is a bad luck magnet. Or lucky, if you look at how many times he’s survived…?

Surely one of the unluckiest people on Earth, Erik Norrie counts a rattle snake bite, shark attack, monkey attack and a lightning strike among his close shaves. Eek.

Norrie lost a chunk of his leg to the aforementioned shark but was saved by his father-in-law. He was fortunate to survive, but unlucky since the odds of a shark attack are actually very slim.

The Florida man’s rap sheet of incidents sounds like a real-life nightmare.

12. John Wade Agan

A lightning strike, a robbery at gunpoint, a stabbing, simultaneous snake bites…John Wade Agan’s life read like a movie script.

The former taxi driver seemed to have bad luck trailing him around and, during the gunpoint robbery, even reportedly found himself locked in his own boot.

13. Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Tsutomu Yamaguchi survived two atomic bomb detonations. [Image: Jemal Countess/WireImage via]

The only officially recorded survivor of both the atomic bombs detonated in Japan, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, Tsustomu Yamaguchi was just 29 years-old when he narrowly avoided death twice in three days.

Just two miles from ground zero on August 6, Mr Yamaguchi suffered a perforated eardrum and upper body burns.

The Nagasaki native then returned to his hometown, only to get caught up in the second blast on August 9, just as he was relaying news of his previous ordeal.

The survivor, known as a ‘Niju Hibaku’, or ‘twice bombed’, went on to live until the age of 93.

We hope you enjoyed reading this list of the 13 unluckiest people in the world. Next time you think you’ve got it bad, just remember it could be a whole lot worse…