By Andrew Hough 8:15AM BST 14 May 2010
A music teacher, Frano Selak, who was dubbed the world’s luckiest man after cheating death seven times before winning the lottery has now decided to give away his fortune.
The 81 year-old won £600,000 five years ago in the lottery in Croatia, to celebrate his fifth marriage, after earlier surviving plane and train crashes.
He also survived other disasters including landing on a haystack after falling out of a plane door that had blown open.
Now the pensioner has decided that “money cannot buy happiness” and has decided to live a frugal life.
He has sold his luxury home on a private island, given away his fortune to family and friends and moved back to his modest home in Petrinja, which is south of Zagreb, in the centre of the country.
He kept the last bit of his winnings for a hip replacement operation so he could enjoy life with his wife and also so he could build a shrine to the Virgin Mary to give thanks for his luck.