Edward Martin Has Found 160,000 Four-leaf Clovers

January 19, 2012 by staff 

Edward Martin Has Found 160,000 Four-leaf Clovers, Edward Martin Sr., of Cooper Landing, Alaska, should be the luckiest man alive. The 76-year-old man holds the world record for finding the most four leaf clovers, collecting over 160,000 over the course of his lifetime. Since he was a child, he has been painstakingly searching clover patches and handpicking the clovers. He started in New York, but soon moved to greener pastures.

In 1957 Martin moved to Alaska, finding fields of clover, a sharp contract to the sparse patches on the Brooklyn sidewalks. After retiring from his work constructing roads and pipelines, Martin’s pastime became finding four leaf clovers in the beautiful Alaskan outdoors.

George Kaminski previously held the record, plucking over 70,000 four leaf clovers from prison yards in Pennsylvania. Kaminski complained that Martin’s “got the whole world” while Kaminski himself only had “two or three acres.” But that’s the price of being a clover picker and convicted criminal. He died recently, leaving Martin with no real competition in the clover contest.

Martin considers himself a lucky man, who has led a pretty happy life in spite of little education. He didn’t do all the work alone however, as school and community groups helped organize, count, and preserve the thousands of clovers he collected, all on a fixed income in cold Alaska.

Martin has considered selling his massive collection, but living in remote Alaska combined with a lack of computer knowledge has held him back. Maybe money can’t buy happiness, but one day money may be able to buy luck?

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