Striking gold in France is unlikely enough — but in your own ceiling?
The head of a Champagne-producing company in the village of Les Riceys did just that this week when workers who were renovating a building at his winery happened upon almost $1 million worth of U.S. gold coins, AFP reports.
"One of the workers was attacking the building's ceiling with a crowbar when gold coins started to rain down on him, followed by sacks of gold," said Francois Lange, who heads the Champagne house, Alexandre Bonnet.
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After unwittingly turning the building into the world's most lucrative piñata, the workers and the building's owner counted 497 gold coins minted between 1851 and 1928, each with a face value of $20 and collectively worth $980,000 today.
According to Lange, the owner of the building will keep half of the lode, and the workers will keep the other half. He said he might produce a special vintage to commemorate the lucky strike.
AFP reports that the building, which once housed drying grapes, once belonged to a wine producer who traded with the U.S. in the 1930s, which could account for the store of coins.