20-year-old Emily Fuller should buy a lottery ticket, because she's due for some good luck more than anyone else in this country.

Emily is a student at the University of Alabama.  She was at school in April when tornados ripped through Tuscaloosa, devastated the city and the university, and took 42 lives.

The semester ended early, so Emily went back home to her family... in Joplin, Missouri.

And a few weeks ago, a tornado hit Joplin and caused another wave of horrible devastation.

Emily and her family rode out the tornado in their basement.  Their house somehow managed to avoid being destroyed, even though it was less than a mile from the area of Joplin that was hit the worst.

Yesterday, Emily headed back to the University of Alabama to start summer school.

(CNN)