Man makes fortune on $2 million meteorite that crashes through his roof

November 19, 2020

An Indonesian man became a millionaire overnight after a rare meteorite worth $2 million crashed through his roof.

Josua Hutagalung, a 33-year-old coffin maker from Kolang, North Sumatra, was working next to his house when the rock smashed through the veranda and landed outside of his living room.

He shared a video and photos of the precious rock to his Facebook page. He described the event, “Suddenly a black rock fell from the sky. Surprised me….But whatever it is, hopefully a good sign for our family…”

Hutagalung, who was able to dig the rock out of the ground, claimed it was “still warm and partially broken” when he touched it, The Sun reports.

The rock is estimated to be about 4.5 billion years old, and is classified as extremely rare. The rock is believed to be worth around $1.85 million, or $857 per gram.

“I have also always wanted a daughter, and I hope this is a sign that I will be lucky enough now to have one,” the father of three told the outlet.

The surprise discovery has excited scientists and gained international attention.

American space rock expert Jared Collins was called in Bali to secure the rock.

“My phone lit up with crazy offers for me to jump on a plane and buy the meteorite,” Collins said.

The meteorite was bought by an American collector who has stored it at the Centre for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University.

Smaller fragments of the meteorite that landed only 5 miles from Hutagalung’s home are currently being sold on eBay for the equivalent of about $1,002 per gram.

Hutagalung was paid the equivalent of 30 years' salary for the rock, according to The Sun. He hopes to use some of the money to build a church in his community.

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