Man finds $43,000 in thrift store chair

He bought the chair for $70 and decided to find the original owner and give the thousands he found back.
1:48 | 01/20/20

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Finally tonight, imagine finding buried treasure in your living room, or in this case your man cave. That's just one of the surprises in our next story. It's "America strong." Reporter: When Michigan resident Howard Kirby and his daughter-in-law were watching TV one night in his man cave, he says he noticed something strange. The footstool was always uncomfortable. It made my feet ache. Reporter: The retired father of six paid $70 for the sofa and this foot stool at his local thrift store outside of Lansing. They decided to take a closer look at one of the cushions. She unzipped it, and there is two envelopes that had hundreds of dollars. It had $43,170 in the envelope. When she pulled it out she said, "Dad, money!" Reporter: You heard that right, more than 43 thousand dollars. Howard had hit the jackpot. He started thinking about how he would use that money. Everything ran through my mind. Now I can pay off my house and put a roof on my house and retire real good. Reporter: But after thinking about it some more, he decided to find the rightful owner. So he went back to the thrift store. I know how it is to lose something and never get it back. Reporter: The thrift store reached out to this family, the newberryies who had unknowingly donated the furniture from their grandfather's house after he died. I was hoping for pictures. Reporter: But Howard was about to shock them. $43,170. That goes to you. Reporter: Keeping that money just didn't feel right and remember that's how this story started. Howard was a little uncomfortable. He ended up keeping the furniture. It was something to see the surprise on their face. I think that will stick with me for the rest of my life it was so beautiful. We hope Howard enjoyed watching that story from his recliner and he's now comfortable.

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