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Man Still Receives Food Stamps After Winning $2 Million Jackpot

Earlier this week, Salt Lake City man Josh Ferrin and family closed a deal on a new home. When Josh entered the garage, he found a hatch, climbed inside, and pulled out a metal box…which contained A LOT of money!

$45,000!!!! in plain old cash!!!

He thought about the home’s previous owner, Arnold Bangerter, who died in November and left the house to his children.

“I could imagine him in his workshop. From time to time, he would carefully bundle up $100 with twine, climb up into his attic and put it into a box to save. And he didn’t do that for me,” Ferrin said of the man who had worked as a biologist for the Utah Department of Fish and Game.

Bangerter purchased the home in 1966 and lived there with his wife, who died in 2005.


After most of the money was counted, Ferrin called one of Bangerter’s sons with the news.

Kay Bangerter said he knew his father hid away money because he once found a bundle of cash taped beneath a drawer in their home, but he never considered his dad had stuffed away so much over the years.

“He grew up in hard times and people that survived that era didn’t have anything when they came out of it unless they saved it themselves,” Kay Bangerter, the oldest of the six children, told the Deseret News. “He was a saver, not a spender.”

Bangerter called the money’s return “a story that will outlast our generation and probably yours as well.”

“I’m a father, and I worry about the future for my kids,” Ferrin said. “I can see him putting that money away for a rainy day and it would have been wrong of me to deny him that thing he worked on for years. I felt like I got to write a chapter in his life, a chapter he wasn’t able to finish and see it through to its conclusion.”


Would YOU give back the money? Please be honest 🙂


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  • Tracy

    Ooooohhhh…the temptation would be there for me to keep the money. But after much prayer and seeking what Jesus would have done, I too, would have more than likely found the rightful owners. My rewards are in heaven!

  • Dianna

    its amazing that they gave it back, legally since they purchased the house, when they took it over anything in the house was legally theirs. You’d think the kids would have given them at least 5k for their kindness. I think it would depend on the circumstance if I gave it to them or not.

    • Juls

      I most certainly would give it back!. If the tables were turned, would I want someone to return it to me? Yes!!! What goes around comes around.

  • rachel

    YES! Why keep the money? I’m a firm believer in Karma. Also, do unto others as you would have them do unto you! Just last night, a clerk at Kroger tried to give me $10 extra in change. No way, I told her and she double checked the money I gave her. It wasn’t a big amount like this, but every little lie adds up. These people are to be recommended! Good story, thanks for sharing!

  • Shari

    Yes, I would give it back. I would think about it for 10 minutes or so, all the things I could do with it…but in the end I couldn’t keep it. I couldn’t live with myself if I did so. I can’t even lie without feeling like I’m going to jump out of my skin, so to do something like that…Nope, couldn’t keep it.

  • Deborah Golden

    Oh Gosh, maybe I would try to come up with a justification for why I should keep it. If I thought long enough i could talk myself into not giving it back…… Just telling the truth!!

  • Sassy

    I’m afraid I would have justified keeping it myself. I hate to say that, but I am being honest. As a single mom, that surely would help. Then again I don’t know…

  • Jen

    I would totally want to keep it! But, I’m one of those people who always end up doing the right thing. So, in the end I would give it to them. Although, the compound interest would be pretty nice on that $ with a decent APY. No, no, no! I would give it back before I changed my mind. 🙂

  • gregory

    I would have to give it to the rightful owner. God sees what we do even when it’s hidden from others–but i’m not saying i wouldn’t be tempted. $45,000.00 is a heck of alot of money even in 2011!! and the interest from that alone would be quite nice if you could find a fair apy. 5% would be over $200 a month just in interest–compounded–well then that’s someone’s nest egg. but it’s nice to see good ppl still exist. i do firmly believe though a reward should have been given. even fifty dollars. something. anything. but nothing? why not??