Amateur prospector strikes gold!

huge nugget
California man finds huge 18-ounce gold nugget worth an estimated $70,000.

(NBC News) A prospector in Central California is celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime find, a huge gold nugget that weighs as much as a T-bone steak.

Oscar Espinoza of Modesto was panning near the little town of Jamestown when he made the discovery.

The nugget weighs about 18 ounces and is estimated to be worth as much as $70,000.

Folks in Jamestown believe the find could spur a modern day gold rush.


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