Unbeknownst two three students in New York, the couch they recently purchased had a stash of cash in it totaling $40,000, reports ABC 7.
The couch was ugly, and uncomfortable and it just sort of sat there like a couch does. But one enterprising roommate decided to check out why it was so awfully lumpy.
“There’s a zipper on the bottom, and he pulled out a bag, and we said it’s either drugs or money, and we freak out and it’s a stack of hundreds and fifties,” another roommate remembers.
“So we pulled it out of the couch and we’re shaking and the first thing Lara said is ‘lock the doors’,” said the one who found the bag.
“Next door they actually thought that we won the lottery. Our walls are really thin between our wall and their wall,” said the third.
One envelope yielded $4,000, while the rest added up to more than $40,000.
The roommates confess to seeing visions of yachts and expensive trips dancing before their eyes while pulling out all the envelopes, but eventually found a deposit slip that changed everything.
“We were always pretty clear, if we could find her and she was alive, it was her money, no matter what the circumstances,” one roommate said of the name on the slip.
When they managed to track down the money’s owner, they found she’s a 91-year-old widow with a recently broken hip who has a distrust for banks. Her kids had donated the couch while she was in the hospital and didn’t realize it was flush with cash. She’s no doubt relieved to have her cash back.
“It wasn’t a debate, we immediately reached a consensus that this is her money,” said one of the three.