Real Name: Sam Zelikson
Location: New York City, 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, Sam survived the accident. He suffered a sprained neck, two broken ribs, and a cut on his forehead. While in the hospital, Sam claimed he saw an apparition of Barry. Sam claimed that at the same time he saw Barry, his roommate at the hospital was talking about the lottery. Sam believed that it was a sign that he should try to win the lottery.
After he left the hospital that afternoon, he and his family bought sixteen lottery tickets. He put in several numbers that had to do with himself and his family, including: 46, the year that he left a concentration camp; 50, the year that he came to America; 35, the number of years he and his wife have been married; 5, the number of children in the Zelikson family; 30, the age of one of his daughters; and 15, Barry's birthday (July 15). The odds of them winning was 13 million to one. Amazingly, along with the Zelikson family, eight other people won the lottery that night. Each ticket was worth around $10 million. Sam believed that it was a miracle, thanks to his deceased son.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the October 25, 1996 episode.
Results: Unsolved - Sadly, Janice Zelikson, Sam's wife died in 2011.
- Couples celebrate Lotto win - January 31, 1991
- Light Into Darkness: Holocaust Survivor's Bar Mitzvah at 85 - August 13, 2014
- Janice Zlikson at Find a Grave