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New Mexico Woman Turns $1 Investment Into $5,500

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The Sculpture Of Alexander Hamilton, The First Secertary Of The Treasury, Stands In Front Of The Treasury Department Building In Washington DC.  (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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SANTA FE, N.M. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — A Santa Fe woman has parlayed her sister’s $1 investment in an old ammunition box into a $5,500 payout.

Marlene Arsola received the check this week from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

She tells the Albuquerque Journal that her sister bought a couple of metal ammunition boxes for $1 each at an auction about eight years ago.

“And you know what? I got the check on 12-12-12,” she added to the Journal. “It was a great surprise, especially on that lucky day.”

One box was empty but the other had shredded currency.

Arsola’s sister took the bills that were partially intact to the bank and received $400 to $500 for them. She turned over the smaller shreds to Arsola, who enjoys doing puzzles.

She didn’t put the pieces together but eventually contacted the Treasury Department about the mutilated money.

She discovered the check in her mail Thursday.

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