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Have You Ever Heard of a Bill Morgan? Nope?! Read Further.

For This Guy, Lady Luck Trumps the Grim Reaper

Have you ever heard of a person named Bill Morgan? He’s an Australian truck driver who has seen his fair share of bad luck—I’d have to say his luck may be worse than Frane Selak — Morgan was dead for 14 minutes!

In 1999, Bill Morgan had a double dose of bad luck when he suffered a massive heart attack and a massive truck, and he died as a result. Well, he was pronounced clinically dead for 14 minutes, after which the doctors were able to get his heart pumping again. During that period, a person could suffer serious brain damage and even be in a vegetative state.

When Bill was revived, it appeared that he was in a vegetative state. He was unresponsive and in a deep coma for the next twelve days. Within those twelve days, the doctors recommended to his family that they turn off Bill’s life support—twice; but luckily, they did not. After those twelve days, he came out of his coma; he was completely fine and did not suffer any serious complications from the whole ordeal.

Bill’s New Lease on Life

After a near death experience like that while on the job, it tends to make you want to change professions, and that is what he did. Oh, and he asked his long-time girlfriend, Lisa Wells, to marry him.

Of course, she accepted.

With this new lease on life, lucky to be alive, and newly engaged, he decided to try his luck and buy a scratch-off lottery ticket. When he scratched the ticket, he won a car that was worth $17,000 Australian (today about $23,903 US and $25,099 Australian).

Well, he won a car. What is the big deal? Considering that he was clinically dead for 14 minutes, the local Melbourne news thought it was pretty special and decided to do a feature story on him.

It Just Keeps Getting Better!

When the news asked Bill to re-create the scene where he scratches the ticket to reveal he has won a car, he was eager to do it. Except, instead of turning to the camera to exclaim that he won a car, he yells something altogether different.

Yep, the guy wins the lottery live! He immediately calls his fiancé to tell her he has won $250,000 and they can finally get a house.

Needless to say, the news crew were the ones to be the first to break that story.

See how Bill Morgan's bad luck miraculously turns into good fortune, all within a short time frame.

Australian comes back from the dead to win lottery — twice

May 27, 1999
Web posted at: 10:47 p.m. EDT (0247 GMT)

MELBOURNE, Australia (CNN) — Australian truck driver Bill Morgan’s extraordinary string of luck began, strangely enough, when he was crushed in a truck accident and suffered a fatal heart attack.

Clinically dead for more than 14 minutes, Morgan was revived. After 12 days in a coma — during which time his family was advised to unplug life support — he awoke with all of his facilities intact.

A year after his heart stopped, he proposed to his girlfriend, Lisa Wells. She said yes.

And then two weeks ago, he bought a scratch-off lottery ticket and won a car worth $17,000. A Melbourne TV station was so impressed with his run of luck, it decided to do a story on Morgan and re-enact his scratching of the ticket.

As the cameras rolled, Wells won a jackpot worth $170,000 (250,000 Australia dollars). He plans to use the money to buy a house for his bride.

After such extraordinary luck, Morgan is giving up the scratch cards. He says his only wish now is for continuing health and happiness, a sentiment Wells shares.

“I just hope he hasn’t used all his good luck up,” she said.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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