Rod Lund drives a garbage truck for a waste company in Madison, Wisconsin. He picks up trash from dozens of businesses and occasionally gets calls from customers who have lost their valuables.
But he hardly ever finds them, so when a jewelry store called and told him about the missing earrings, he decided to give it a shot. And it both of the earrings turned up!
The store gave Lund an eighty dollar reward, but that money didn't last long. He decided to try his luck on some lottery tickets.
Lund says, "I'm thinking that there's no way they'll ever find them. I got a call form one of their customers saying that they had some earrings that were thrown away in the garbage." "And I told them, 'Good luck!' (laughs)."
Lund also said, "'Cause a little diamond earrings, you know, versus 30,000 pounds of garbage. No there's no way! I kind of knew where the store was at on the load, so as I dumped it out, I just kind of drove forward to kind of lay it out."
He said, "So I just grabbed it, and started looking in there, and that's where I found them. I found one first, and then I'm like, 'Well, I found it!' and I gave it to the lady, and then I was like, 'It's gotta be in this bag,' so I started looking more and I found the other one."
"I was just like, 'Wow!' You know, I was really surprised that I even found them."
As for the $80 reward, Lund says, "Oh, I already spent it! I went and bought PowerBall tickets. I figured, well, I found those earrings, I might as well buy some PowerBall tickets. Maybe I'll get lucky (laughs)"
"I think any thing's possible, now really."
The earrings are worth $10,000.