Las Vegas cab driver, Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out to be $300,000 in cold hard cash.
A message left Wednesday for Gamboa at the cab company wasn’t immediately returned.
Gamboa told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he had another passenger by the time he began wondering what kind of chocolates were in the brown paper bag. He peeked inside at a traffic light.
“I told my passenger, ‘You are my witness on this,'” the 13-year taxi driver told the Las Vegas Sun, “and then I immediately called my dispatcher.”
Gamboa took the six bundles of $100 bills to the company’s main office, where Las Vegas police and casino officials linked it to the poker player.
Gamboa said the man gave him a $5 tip after a trip from the Cosmopolitan resort to the Palms Place tower, and Gamboa then drove to the Bellagio resort, where a doorman helping a passenger into the car noticed the bag.
It took several hours to verify the identity of the owner and return the cash. He took Gamboa’s information, but didn’t immediately leave a reward.
“If he doesn’t give me anything, that’s OK,” Gamboa told the Sun. “I’m not waiting for any kind of return. I just wanted to do the right thing, and I appreciate what the company did for me.