Forget about winning the lottery; one man in the Philippines has hit a very different type of jackpot; an enormous pearl he found lodged in a shell ten years ago — and stored under his bed — is worth a reported $100 million.
The pearl is two feet long, about one foot wide and weights 34 kg, making it easily the largest natural pearl ever found (the second-largest is the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs 6.4 kg and is currently on display at Ripley’s Believe it or Not).
This pearl was discovered off the coast of Palawan Island in the Philippines, and the fisherman who found it kept it under his bed until a fire forced him to move. He brought it to the local tourism office, where astounded officials realized how much it is worth.
That owner of the pearl remains anonymous, which, if Steinbeck’s “The Pearl” taught us anything, is a very good idea.