Man offers city $72M to dig up accidentally discarded Bitcoin fortune

Man offers city $72M to dig up accidentally discarded Bitcoin fortune


An IT engineer accidentally discarded his Bitcoin fortune over seven years ago while cleaning his house.

James Howells, the owner of a discarded hard drive with 7,500 Bitcoin (BTC), has made a fresh plea to excavate a landfill site and possibly recover the device.

Back in 2013, Howells accidentally threw away a hard drive containing 7,500 BTC while cleaning his house. The Bitcoin stash came from Howell’s mining activity back when it was still possible to use CPUs to mine Bitcoin/

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By November 2013, the Bitcoin  in the hard drive was already worth $6.5 million and Howell has been trying to recover it ever since.

Now, according to Newport daily tabloid, the South Wales Argus, Holler has tendered a fresh appeal for the right to excavate a landfill site in the city.

Following successive rejections by the Newport city council, Howells has upped the ante, offering up 25% of the value of the lost Bitcoin as a COVID-19 relief

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