People say there are no shortcuts to becoming rich. But ask the following people mentioned in this list and they will tell you otherwise. Because these people became millionaires and billionaires overnight and possibly in the most unexpected and unusual ways. From discovering hidden treasures to a falling meteorite, here’s how these 5 people became millionaires overnight.
5 people who became millionaires in the most unexpected ways
1. A meteorite worth crores
Instances of meteorites falling on the Earth are not new and not too many people take a fancy to know more about it. But when a certain meteor fell on earth, particularly in Indonesia, it got the whole world talking. Why? Because it turned a 33-year-old man into an overnight millionaire. As per NDTV, Josua Hutagalung is a coffin maker from Sumatra, who became a millionaire or let’s say approximately ₹9.8 crore richer, after he sold a 2.1 kg meteorite that crashed through the roof of his house. The report estimates the meteorite to be billions of years old and worth nearly ₹63,000 per gram.
2. Unearthing Tanzanite gemstones
Earlier this year in June, a miner named Saniniu Laizer discovered two Tanzanite gemstones weighing 9.27 kg and over 5 kg respectively. Since these are two of the largest tanzanite gemstones ever found in the history of Tanzania, the government rewarded him with 7.74 billion Tanzanian shillings (₹24.7 crores), making him a millionaire.
3. Won a lottery worth over ₹20 crores
Lottery tickets are often considered a gimmick by people and a waste of money. But when Dubai-based Harikrishnan V Nair bought a lottery ticket, little did he know that it will make him a millionaire overnight. As per a report in The News Minute, Harikrishnan V Nair bought three lottery tickets and the third ticket got him the biggest-ever prize money in the entire Abu Dhabi – 12 million Dirhams (₹20 crore approx. at that time.)
4. Found a 42.9 carat diamond worth over ₹2 crore
In 2018, two labourers discovered a diamond worth 42.9 carat and became rich overnight by selling it. As per a report in The Times of India, the diamond fetched Motilal and Raghuveer Prajapati ₹2.55 crores, which the two shared among each other, turning both of them into millionaires.
5. A gift from parents
We saved the best one for the last. What’s the most expensive gift you’ve got from your parents? Whatever your answer is, it definitely cannot match with what Eric Tse got from his parents. At the age of 24, Eric Tse, who is known for living an extravagant lifestyle and hanging out with celebrities like Rihanna, got one of the most memorable gifts from his parents. He got $3.88 billion from his parents, as per Economic Times. He was gifted one-fifth of his family’s company shares that catapulted his net worth and made him a billionaire overnight.
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