NEW PALTZ, New York -- Imagine being surrounded by cash -- piles and piles of money.
That picture was a reality for three freshman roommates at SUNY New Paltz in New York.
After buying an old, worn down couch, they found an inch and a half of $100 bills stuffed in the pillows, according to The Little Rebellion. They sat in piles of cash -- and it all added up to around $40,000.
Then, they found an envelope with a name on it, and they all agreed to return the cash.
They were able to find down the owner, an elderly woman. She told the roommates that her late husband had given her money every week for a span of 30 years, and she placed it in the couch for safekeeping.
It was meant for her to use when she died.
The woman was eventually hospitalized for an operation, and that's when her family accidentally got rid of her couch for a new one.
The woman gave the trio $1,000 for returning the money, according to The Little Rebellion.
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