Aussie man's incredible $240k find in the dirt: 'Once in a lifetime'

A 4.6 kilogram discovery has changed one man's life.

An amateur prospector has made the discovery of a lifetime, unearthing a $240,000 gold nugget.

The 4.6 kilogram find, with 2.6 kilograms of gold inside, was discovered in Victoria’s ‘Golden Triangle’, Nine News reports. The infamous area that stretches from Ballarat across to Bendigo and up to St Arnaud is renowned for golden discoveries dating back to the 1800s when prospectors poured into the area.

The gold nugget in two pieces in a man's hands (left) and a close up of the gold nugget (right).
The gold nugget worth $240,000 weighs 4.6kg with 2.6kg of gold inside. Source: Nine News

'The wife's going to be happy with that'

Describing the nugget as a “once in a lifetime find”, Darren Kamp from Lucky Strike Gold said the owner had no idea how lucky he was when he brought it in for valuation. “He said, ‘oh do you think there is $10,000 worth in it?’ and as soon as it hit my hand I looked at him and said try $100,000,” he told Nine News.

“He said, ‘oh but that’s only half the rock, the other half is at home’. He said, ‘oh wow, the wife’s going to be happy with that’.” In news that further shocked valuators, the discovery was uncovered using a Minelab Equinox 800 metal detector, a budget model that is sold for about $1,200.

Darren Kamp from Lucky Strike Gold.
Darren Kamp from Lucky Strike Gold said the gold nugget was a 'once in a lifetime find'. Source: Nine News

Find 'gives hope' to prospectors

News of the $240,000 find has inspired fellow prospectors. “Wow, that is amazing, and with Equinox as well!” one person wrote online. “Congratulations to the finder, gives the rest of us some hope.”

“That’s crazy! Lucky guy!” said another. “Good on him, life changing,” added someone else. While a fourth simply commented “the dream”.

In 2019, a young girl was walking on the outskirts of Bendigo when she literally stumbled across a gold nugget estimated to be worth $37,000. While in 2013, a huge 5.5 kilogram gold nugget worth more than $300,000 was discovered in Ballarat.'

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