While millionaires usually say their vast wealth was forged with incredible grit, determination, and perseverance, at least one newly minted millionaire in Indonesia had a bit of luck as a $1.8 million meteorite crashed through his tiny metal hut.
Rags to riches is the story for Josua Hutagalung, 33, an Indonesian man living in a small metal hut in North Sumatra, who, as early as August, became a millionaire, literally overnight, after a 4.5 billion-year-old space rock crashed through his roof, according to The Sun.
Hutagalung, who was across the street at the time of the incident, said, "I was working on a coffin near the street in front of my house when I heard a booming sound that made my house shake. It was as if a tree had fallen on us."
Hutagalung continued: "It was too hot to pick up, so my wife dug it out with a hoe, and we took it inside."
As soon as news traveled about the meteorite, space expert Jared Collins boarded a plane to Bali.
Collins said: "My phone lit up with crazy offers for me to jump on a plane and buy the meteorite."
"It was in the middle of the Covid crisis, and frankly it was a toss-up between buying the rock for myself or working with scientists and collectors in the US.
"I carried as much money as I could muster and went to find Josua, who turned out to be a canny negotiator," he said.
Collins shipped the meteorite back to the US, where it was purchased by a collector who has it stored in liquid nitrogen at the Centre for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University.
According to The Sun, "fragments of the meteorite secured by a second collector are currently on sale on eBay for pound sterling 757 a gram, valuing the 1.839g 'hammerstone' – as the main rock is called – at nearly $1.8 million."
The Sun notes that the meteorite is "classified as CM1/2 carbonaceous Chondrite, an extremely rare variety which scientists believe contains unique amino acids and other primordial elements necessary for the sparking of life itself."