VIA| Since all the way back in the early 1970’s, 73-year-old Otha Anders has collected every single penny that he encountered. Whether it was dropped on the ground, handed to him by a cashier or otherwise, not a single penny escaped his clutches for years on end.
After 45 years of collecting, Anders had a total of 15 water jugs filled to the brim with pennies. With the help of his friends and family, he was able to wheel the jugs into his local Ruston, Louisiana bank to finally cash in all that change, a huge relief after all these years.
When asked to describe the reason he started collecting, Anders is not shy about giving a direct answer. It all started with one single penny found face-up on the ground and it eventually led to his life’s work.
“I became convinced that spotting a lost or dropped penny was an additional God-given incentive reminding me to always be thankful,” Anders told Fox News. “There have been days where I failed to pray and more often than not, a lost or dropped penny would show up to remind me.”
15 five-gallon water jugs filled to the brim with pennies were brought into the bank, but Anders left with a much lighter load – an extra $5,136.14 deposited into his bank account. But after a lifetime of collecting, chances are his home feels pretty empty now without all that copper.
“Whenever I would see a penny, I would say a prayer of thanks. It was a reminder to me to always be thankful,” Anders told the News-Star.
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