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Farmer's Life Changed After Finding £60,000 Diamond On His Land

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Farmer's Life Changed After Finding £60,000 Diamond On His Land

An Indian farmer's life has been transformed after he found a diamond which he went on to auction for £60,000 ($80,000).

Lakhan Yadav, 45, was working on his land in Madhya Pradesh, central India, when he stumbled across the 14.98-carat rock.

The diamond. Credit: The Times of India
The diamond. Credit: The Times of India

At first, Yadav believed the diamond was a pebble and nearly ignored it until he rubbed the dirt off and noticed that it shone.

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He immediately took the precious gem to the district diamond officer where it was valued at over six million rupees.

Speaking to The Times of India after selling the diamond at auction, Mr Yadav said: "It has changed my life."

But he did go on the outline his plans for the money and claimed he wouldn't be splashing out on 'anything big' but instead would ensure his children get a good education.

He won't be stopping searching for diamonds now either and plans to continue looking on the patch of land that he rents.

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He said: "I hope to get another diamond. I'll work on it for a few more months, perhaps get the lease renewed."

Last month, another lucky man made a fortune in a day after a meteorite worth £1.4 million crashed through his roof.

The space rock crashed into 33-year-old Josua Hutagalung's home in Kolang, North Sumatra, Indonesia, before it was discovered that it weighed 2.1kg and is around 4.5 billion years old.

According to the Metro, the meteor is classified as CM1/2 carbonaceous Chondrite, an extremely rare variety - which is worth around £1.4 million, or £645 per gram.

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Man Makes Fortune In A Day After £1.4m Meteorite Crashes Through His Roof. Credit: Facebook/Josua Hutagalung
Man Makes Fortune In A Day After £1.4m Meteorite Crashes Through His Roof. Credit: Facebook/Josua Hutagalung

Josua was reportedly given the equivalent to 30 years' salary for the rock. Not a bad day's work, is it?

He told local media website, Kompas: "When I lifted it, the stone was still warm and I brought it into the house. The sound was so loud that parts of the house were shaking too. And after I searched, I saw that the tin roof of the house had broken.

"I strongly suspect that this rock is indeed an object from the sky that many people call a meteorite. Because it is impossible someone deliberately threw it or dropped it from above."

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Josua, a dad-of-three, revealed that he would be using part of his earnings to build a church in his community.

Speaking to The Sun, Josua said: "I have also always wanted a daughter, and I hope this is a sign that I will be lucky enough now to have one."

Featured Image Credit: The Times of India

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