A SKINT dad found a lump of gold worth £20,000 while strolling along a beach with his family and their dog called Lucky.
He was walking on the outskirts of Bendigo, Australia, when his daughter stumbled across the nugget and asked: "Dad, is this gold?"
The dad-of-two, who wants to remain anonymous, told the Bendigo Advertiser: "I actually walked right past it but my daughter pretty much kicked it as she was walking.
"She then goes, 'Dad, is this gold?'. I said, 'I think it might be'.’’
He headed to the supermarket to weigh the gold and it came in at 20 ounces.
He said: "We couldn't find anywhere to properly weigh it.
"We ended up taking it to the IGA and weighing it up there at the supermarket. They weren't too happy that we were weighing it at the deli there."
And the gold couldn't have come at a better time for the cash-strapped family.
The dad added: "We've come on some tough times so it's really good because we've been struggling financially. It couldn't be better timing really."
Experts have verified Sunday's find as genuine and say it is worth around $35,000 (£20,000).
The family has not revealed the location of where they struck gold, but they do plan to return to the spot, saying: "It was just a really random find but we will be going back.
"Usually when you find a nugget that big, there will be more gold around so hopefully that's the case."
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