Lost $10k Casino Winnings Returned By A Good ManDecember 27, 2011 3:07 pm
Over the years, a number of stories have been written about gamblers being robbed outside of casinos, or people keeping envelopes of money found lying around a casino’s floor.
Therefore, it was heart-warming to read a story recently full of Christmas cheer, which helps restore a certain amount of faith in humanity.
Mitch Gilbert, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, (pictured right) was at Las Vegas airport waiting to board a flight back home, when he discovered two unmarked Caesar’s Palace envelopes. On returning home, Mr Gilbert was then amazed to find each envelope contained $5,000.
Colorado Realtor Mitch Gilbert confessed that business has been slow of late, but has now affectionately been called “a saint in Sin City” after returning the cash. As he explains:
“I wanted to show my kids the right thing to do. It would have been a lot easier keeping it to be honest with you. But I felt like I had to get it back to the right person. I would have loved to have $10,000. But it felt so good to be able to get it back to the guy. I felt like a million bucks.”
It then transpired that the money belonged to Ignacio Marquez, from El Paso,who won the money gambling in Las Vegas, but dropped the envelopes while rushing to catch a flight.
Nonetheless, in a twist of irony, Mitch Gilbert contacted the airport to report the discovered envelopes, only to be told by staff that they could not take down his name or details as it was apparently against official rules. Not to be deterred, Mitch then called the airport everyday for two weeks, before eventually being told that Mr Ignacio Marquez had reported the money missing before his flight.
Subsequently, Mitch Gilbert was able to contact the surprised, but relieved man, with the money then being deposited into his bank account two days before Christmas. Commenting on the inspirational incident, Ignacio Marquez said:
“Relief is an understatement. I’m very appreciative to Mitch and his family. You do not find people like this.”