Bitcoin, one of the most popular cryptocurrencies, has been having massive success in the market lately. But it wasn’t always this way. Back in 2009, Bitcoin was practically useless. It carried little to no monetary value. But currently, one bitcoin is worth a reported $11,500, an impressive amount.
So when James Howells amassed over 7,500 bitcoins before his girlfriend made him stop mining for them, you can understand his frustration. Howells, who is an IT specialist in Britain and one of the first investors in bitcoin, may be one of the unluckiest men on Earth.
His girlfriend hated the sound the mining equipment would make at all hours of the night, so she gave Howells an ultimatum; it was her or bitcoin. Not wanting to be alone, Howells chose his girlfriend.
He sold the parts he was using for his mining after he spilled lemondade on it, according to Gizmodo.
Eventually, some years went by and while cleaning out the room where he used to mine, he tossed the hard drive that had the keys to his bitcoins. Bitcoins that are now valued at $80 million.
Howells had no idea his hobby would turn into something that would forever change his life and make him rich. Now he’s doing everything in his power to find out where the laptop hard drive he tossed might now be located.
He told Metro he has no idea if the laptop will work if/when he finds it. He didn’t go into detail as to how he plans on retrieving the device other than making the joke, “Why aren’t I out there with a shovel now?”
Howells sees the cryptocurrency value continuing to climb. “In the future I easily see it being worth anywhere from $500m to $1billion.”
“I’ve always known Bitcoin would go this high,” he said. Which makes it all the more difficult to understand why he allowed himself to be persuaded to stop mining it.
It’s safe to assume that we’ll hear if Howells does indeed find his coins, but don’t hold your breath. It’ll be like searching for a needle in a haystack.