A man bought a storage unit for $500 from 'Storage Wars' star Dan Dotson, and found $7.5 million hidden in a safe inside

Facebook.com/DanDotsonDan Dotson, with his wife Laura Dotson.
  • “Storage Wars” star Dan Dotson sold a man a storage unit for $US500.
  • The unit contained a safe with more than $US7.5 million.
  • After conferring with the original owners of the safe, the man walked away with $US1.2 million.

There’s lucky, and then there’s really lucky – like the man who bought a storage unit from “Storage Wars” star Dan Dotson and found a safe with more than $US7.5 million dollars inside.

Dotson, who’s run the auction house American Auctioneers since 1974, has appeared on the A&E show “Storage Wars” with his wife Laura since 2010. The show features people bidding on unclaimed and abandoned storage lockers across the country.

In a Facebook video he posted earlier this month, Dotson relayed the story of the storage unit owner who hit it big.

“This lady came to me and she says I want to tell you this story,” he began. “She said, ‘my husband works for this guy and he bought a unit from you and it had a safe in it.'” The man had purchased the abandoned unit from Dotson for $US500.

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“Inside the safe – normally they’re empty – but this time it wasn’t empty,” he continued. “It had $US7.5 million dollars inside.”

Following the discovery of the money, Dotson said the original owners of the storage unit got in touch with the new owner via a lawyer, and attempted to strike a deal. The original owners of the safe initially offered the new owners $US600,000 – before eventually doubling their reward to $US1.2 million – to return the rest of the money to them.


The current storage space owners ultimately took the old owners up on their offer, and walked away with $US1.2 million on their $US500 investment.

In a video detailing the experience, Laura Dotson spoke out the potential problems with finding a safe stuffed with millions of dollars. “I don’t feel like it’d be clean money,” she said.

“I wouldn’t ask a damn thing,” said Dan Dotson, of the $US1.2 million offer. Dotson said he understood why the new owners agreed to walking away with a lesser amount. “$US7.5 million is a lot of money, but that’s a lot of running, too.”

Shockingly, the storage space was auctioned off because its owners hadn’t paid the unit’s rental fees – a relatively small price to pay for keeping $US7.5 million safe.

“I don’t think you’d forget you had $US7.5 million,” Dan Dotson said.

But Laura Dotson said that as surprising as the discovery was, it’s not at all uncommon. “They moved away, perhaps a person went to jail. Who knows what it was?” she said. “But you know it happens all the time. This is the modern day treasure hunt.”

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