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13th Jan 2023

Man who found £6 million inside storage unit ended up having to give it back

Steve Hopkins

It is the stuff of dreams.

A man bought a storage unit for £400, and inside he found more than £6 million, but then the lawyers came calling.

Any fan of Storage Wars will know that it’s luck of the draw when the roller doors go up. Some reveal a bounty of treasures, others, piles of trash.

The host of the US TV show, Dan Dotson, knows this all too well, but he had no idea he’d sold one of his most valuable lockers ever until he was approached by a stranger some time later.

Dotson was at a Cars, Stars and Rock N’ Roll charity auction event in Indio, California, in 2018 when he heard the news, and later recorded a video of himself explaining the situation.

In the clip, Dotson told how a lady came up to him, saying she wanted to tell him a story, that went like this:

“My husband works for a guy and he bought a unit from you, and it had a safe in it…’

“Inside the safe, normally they’re empty, but this time it wasn’t empty. It had $7.5 million (£6.1m) cash inside the safe.”

Dotson told The Blast the unit had been bought for just $500 (£411), so the couple got 15,000 times what they paid for.

The celebrations were short-lived though, as the owners were soon contacted by an attorney representing the original owners of the unit.

Dotson recalled how the lawyer offered the buyer $600,000 in exchange for the money, but, not surprisingly, the new owners thought it was worth a little more.

So the lawyer doubled it, offering $1.2m. And they took it, Dotson explained.

The host went on to ask viewers whether they’d do the same as the buyer and give the money back, or “keep it and run for the hills”.

According to The Blast, Dotson’s co-star, Bargain Hunters Thrift Store owner Rene Nezhoda, suggested the money could be mafia or cartel-related because “if you find money like that, there’s probably a reason it isn’t in the bank”.

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