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College students find nearly $41,000 in cushions of $20 thrift-store couch; What would you do?

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NEW YORK – Many people consider what they would do if they were to suddenly become rich.

But what would you do if there was a moral dilemma attached to your new-found riches?

It has been several weeks, but three roommates are still shocked by what they found hidden in their couch.

Reese Werkhoven, Cally Guasti and Lara Russo were freaked out by what they found hidden inside two built-in pillows.

“[I was] just like freaking out, like an inch and a half of $100 bills,” Reese Werkhoven said.

The friends eagerly took pictures as they counted the money, nearly $41,000!

“Our neighbors thought we won the lottery or something ’cause we were just screaming,” Guasti said. 

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

They tracked the women down, called her and returned the cash!

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. 

The roommates did end up with some money, in the end.

As a reward, the elderly woman gave them $1,000.