Just last night, there were three winning tickets in the $448 million Powerball jackpot. Do the holders of those winning tickets have skill, karma or blessed fortune? What makes one person luckier than others? “20/20″ reports on some of the luckiest people alive, puts some theories about luck to the test and asks, is it possible to make your own good fortune? “Got Luck?” airs on “20/20″ on FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. “20/20″ is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. Reports include:
One of the Luckiest Men Alive: David Hayes of Columbus Ohio knows a bit about luck – good and bad. Last October he went on an incredible streak playing blackjack at an Ohio casino, walking away with $36,000 in cash. But some thugs were watching him. He awoke in his bed at home hours later with three armed men pointing a gun at his head, stealing his winnings. Hayes returned to the same casino and in subsequent visits won back all that money again. So, is it skill, karma, or blessed good fortune? Deborah Roberts reports.
Pennies From Heaven: What it’s it like to suddenly get a pile of cash dumped on you, when you weren’t expecting it in the least? Just ask actors Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton, former stars of the Young and the Restless, who so entertained Illinoisan Ray Fulk that he left them a $1 million estate. Amy Robach reports.
Lucky to be Alive: When expert skydiver Craig Stapleton jumped from a plane in March, it was routine until his main parachute didn’t deploy and even his back-up chute got stuck in its strings. Stapleton believed he was living the final two minutes of his life while he plummeted to earth from 8,000 feet in the sky. Matt Gutman reports on a very lucky man.
Make Your Own Luck: Can you make yourself lucky? Ty Sumrall of West Palm Beach thinks you can — especially if you buy his IGodMind brain programming videos, which he says uses binaural beats and hypnotic visuals to help your subconscious absorb “positive subliminal programming” and make yourself a better receptor for good fortune. Dan Harris speaks with Ty and a hypnotist about their approaches to attracting good luck.
Superstitions: We all know rationally that walking under a ladder isn’t really bad luck, and that rabbit’s feet don’t bring good fortune. Yet many of us still practice these superstitions anyway. Jay Schadler conducts some social experiments with skeptic Tom Shermer.
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