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Friends find $41k in $20 couch

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NEW YORK (WHDH) - When a group of friends living together in New York bought a used couch they maybe expected to find some change in the cushions, they didn’t expect to find $41,000.

"We were just really freaked out by it,” Reese Werkhoven said.

The friends eagerly took pictures as they counted the money.

"Our neighbors thought we won the lottery or something 'cause we were just screaming,” Cally Guasti said.

The excitement quickly faded though when the trio found one envelope with a name on it.

They tracked the woman down, caller her and returned the cash.

"I'm like ‘I found a couch’ and then she's like ‘oh my God’, I'm like, ‘so what,’ she said ‘I left a lot of money in that couch,’” Werkhoven said.

The elderly woman who wants to remain anonymous told the friends she had been stashing the money in the couch for years.

Family members who didn't know mistakenly donated the couch.

"This was her life savings and she actually said something really beautiful like ‘this is my husband looking down on me and this was supposed to happen,’" Guasti said.

Weeks later the three friends can still feel the excitement.
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