One woman accidentally made a huge heap of money when an Apple I computer found among her recycleables was discovered. The problem? No one knows who she is, so she hasn’t claimed her check!

The mystery woman turned in a bunch of electronics to a recycling center in Silicon Valley, and they turned her trash to treasure. The anonymous woman cleaned out her garage and dropped off boxes of old electronics to the recycling center (like a good person, because tech doesn’t belong at a dump). Employees sorted the contents of the boxes, and were shocked to find an Apple I computer! There were only 200 Apple 1 computers ever made so it shouldn’t shock you that it later sold for $200,000.

The woman did not want a tax receipt for the donation, and did not leave contact information at the recycling center, which means we have no idea who she is. The only details that she provided the recycling center were that her husband had recently passed away, and that she decided to clean out the garage. We can’t imagine cleaning out our garage and finding something worth $200,000!!! All we have in there are old boxes full of beanie babies.

The recycling center hopes to identify this woman in order to provide her with 50 percent of the profits from her Apple I. This original Apple computer is one of about 200 first generation systems assembled in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne (making this baby a huge piece of history). The recycling company sold this rare computer to a private collection for $200,000 earlier in June of 2015. The company’s policy is to give 50 percent of all sales back to the original owner. The vice president of Clean Bay Area, Victor Gichun, says that they center is still attempting to identify this mystery woman. The center is hoping to be able to provide the mystery woman with her half of the $200,000 pay out. Gichun claims that he remembers what the woman looks like, and that he is hoping she identifies her self and claims her $100,000 check.

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