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Sam zelikson

Real Name: Sam Zelikson
Case: Miracles
Date: 1991
Location: New York, New York


Details: Sam Zelikson was twelve when he and his family, all devout Jews, were sent to a concentration camp. He survived the Holocaust but lost his entire family. He later moved to Yonkers, New York, married, and had five children. Sadly, in 1986, his son, Barry, died of cancer, just a week before his twenty-seventh birthday. In 1991, Sam was walking across a street in New York City when he was hit by a car. Miraculously, he survived the accident. He suffered a sprained neck, two broken ribs, and a cut on his forehead. While in the hospital, he claimed he saw an apparition of Barry. He claimed that at the same time he saw Barry, his roommate was talking about the lottery. He believed that it was a sign that he should try to win it.

Barry and sam

Barry and Sam

After Sam left the hospital that afternoon, he and his family bought sixteen lottery tickets. He put in several numbers that had to do with them including: 46, the year that he left the concentration camp; 50, the year that he came to America; 35, the number of years he and his wife, Janice, have been married; 5, the number of children they had; 30, the age of one of his daughters; and 15, Barry's birthday (July 15). The odds of them winning were 13 million to one. Amazingly, along with Sam's family, eight other people won did so that night. Each ticket was worth around $10 million. Sam believed that it was a miracle, thanks to Barry.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 25, 1996 episode.
Results: Unsolved. Sadly, Janice died in 2011. Find a Grave also has an entry for Sam, but his date of death is listed as unknown.