A Modesto man may be tens of thousands of dollars richer after finding a large gold nugget in Tuolumne County.
Full-time gold prospector Oscar Espinoza told employees with Gold Prospecting Adventure, LLC in Jamestown it didn't take very much work at all to discover the nugget.
Now, Espinoza wouldn't divulge the exact location where he found it, but he believes the 559-gram nugget was bound by bedrock.
The prospector said he had been working a particular portion of Woods Creek – a popular gold panning creek – that he had prospected before when he saw a big rock that "had never been moved by anybody," he told Gold Prospecting Adventure in a video the company posted to its Facebook page.
So he moved it.
"And there it was," Espinoza said.
After uncovering it, he put it in his back pocket.
It's still not exactly clear how much the 17.9 troy ounce [a measurement used to measure the mass of precious metals] nugget will be worth; Gold Prospecting Adventure employees would only say "a lot."
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