An Arkansas man hit a jackpot while sifting through the gravel at Crater of Diamonds State Park.
David Anderson frequents the park and has recently made a discovery of a lifetime.
Among the chips of cinders, Anderson uncovered a 3.29-carat brown diamond at the West drain of the 37.5-acre search area, KARK reported.
At first, Anderson, who was wet-sifting, thought it was a chunk of quartz but it was too shiny, KTHV reported.
“Once I picked it up, I realized it was a diamond,” Anderson said, according to KARK.
Anderson is no stranger to finding the coveted stones, finding more than 400 diamonds at the state park over the past 16 years.
His first find was a 1.5-carat white diamond, which hooked him on the treasure hunt, KTHV reported.
The diamond, which is the largest registered at the park since September 2021, was named “B.U.D.” or “Big Ugly Diamond” by Anderson because of its brown color and pitted surface, KTHV reported
Visitors have found 124 diamonds this year park, officials said.
More than 35,000 diamonds have been found since 1972, according to the park’s website. The largest was a 40.23-carat called Uncle Sam.
For more information, including how you can embark on your own treasure hunt, visit the state park’s website.
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