Man finds $7500000 cash in storage container he brought for $500

If you found a fortune that didn’t belong to you, would you hand it back?

That was the dilemma faced by one family who stumbled upon $7,500,000 (£5,800,000) in a storage container.

The lucky bargain hunters had no idea what would be inside the box they bought for $500 (£390).

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Among a host of everyday items was a mysterious safe. The first person called to open it was unable to do so but a second person succeeded.

Normally they are empty, but inside this one was a fortune – that clearly wasn’t theirs.

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The find was revealed by Storage Wars TV show star Dan Dotson and his wife Laura.

Dan explained how a lady had told him the story while at a charity event in California.

On video, Dan explained the woman had said: ‘My husband works for a guy and he bought a unit from you for $500 (£390) and it had a safe in it.

Dan And Laura Dotson November 5 at 6:47 PM ? This unit sells for 500 bucks, buyer finds 7.5 million cash, attorney reaches out on behalf of the previous owner & nicely offers 1.2 million dollars back in return for all money back. What would you do? New #StorageWars #aetv Nov 7th 10/9c #Dontforgettopaythelady

What would you do with all this money? (Picture: Dan And Laura Dotson)

‘The first person that they called to open the safe couldn’t, or didn’t.

‘They called a second person and when that person opened it up … inside the safe they’re normally empty, but this time it wasn’t empty. It had $7.5million (£5.8million) cash inside.’

But, of course, there was a catch.

Almost immediately after the couple made the find they were contacted by a lawyer representing the original owners of the unit – and the money.

Dan And Laura Dotson November 5 at 6:47 PM ? This unit sells for 500 bucks, buyer finds 7.5 million cash, attorney reaches out on behalf of the previous owner & nicely offers 1.2 million dollars back in return for all money back. What would you do? New #StorageWars #aetv Nov 7th 10/9c #Dontforgettopaythelady

Dan And Laura Dotson revealed the amazing find on Storage Wars (Picture: Dan And Laura Dotson)

Dan told the Blast website that the woman claimed the new owner was offered a $600,000 (£465,000) reward for the return of the cash.

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In a bid to seal the deal, that sum was then doubled.

In the end they did split the proceeds of the box with $1,200,000 (£930,000) going to the new owners and the remaining $6,300,000 was handed back.

Dan and Laura then asked their followers what they’d do with the money – would they keep or give back.

Dan And Laura Dotson November 5 at 6:47 PM ? This unit sells for 500 bucks, buyer finds 7.5 million cash, attorney reaches out on behalf of the previous owner & nicely offers 1.2 million dollars back in return for all money back. What would you do? New #StorageWars #aetv Nov 7th 10/9c #Dontforgettopaythelady

In the end the two families decided to divide the money (Picture: Dan And Laura Dotson)

The pair said the handsome sum would probably not make up for a life looking over your shoulder wondering if the original owner would claim it back.

Others took to social media to debate what they would have done.

One person wrote: ‘If they had that much money, why didn’t they pay for the storage unit? Why would you put money in there anyway.’

Another said: ‘I’d keep it! Why the hell didn’t they claim it, why the hell would they let it sit until someone bought the locker?’

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