Many individuals regularly dream of becoming independently wealthy throughout a lifetime. But then there are those lucky human beings prove becoming wealthy can be through good luck. A good example is an Indonesian coffin maker who becomes an overnight millionaire in a rare occurrence, which witnessed a meteorite worth $1.85M crashed through his home roof.
The Coffin Maker, identified as Josua Hutagalung, was working outside of his home in the town of Kolang in North Sumatra when the 2.1kg rock came rushing through the tin veranda outside his living space. Attracted by the noise, 33-Year-old Josua found the piece of space debris after he dug into his garden’s soil.
‘I was working on a coffin near the street in front of my house when I heard a sound that shook my house. It was as if a huge tree had dropped on us. The rock was too hot to pick up, so my wife dug it out with a hoe, and we took it inside.’ The coffin maker reportedly explained.
The meteorite is described as a carbonaceous chondrite, an incredibly unique variety estimated to be around a 4.5million years old. Accordingly, it’s said to be worth around £645 per gram. On the other hand, experts have hailed the space rock as one of the most valuable meteorites ever found, adding that it contains elements that give clues to life’s origin.
Josua has sold the rock to a US specialist collector, Jared Collins, and pledged to use the return to build a church for his community. He’s also of the belief that this incident is a sign that he will be lucky enough for his most wanted desire – a daughter. However, the space rock is presently stored at the Centre for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University.