LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas cab driver made a significant discovery in his cab Monday when he found a bag containing $300,000 in cash. The driver of the Yellow Checker Star cab made the discovery during a pick-up at the Bellagio Hotel.
Gerardo Gamboa has been driving taxis in Las Vegas since 1989.
"Yesterday was surprising for me and unexpected," Gamboa said.
Gamboa picked up a man from the Cosmopolitan Hotel and drove him to Palms Place. The customer paid his fare and gave Gamboa a $5 tip. His next stop was the Bellagio Hotel.
"When the doorman at the Bellagio opened up the door for the next passenger, he said there's a bag in here. It's full of chocolate."
Gamboa decided to look insided the brown paper bag and saw bundles of money -- it turned out to be $300,000. Gamboa immediately contacted his dispatcher.
"All I want to do is just return this money to our company," Gamboa said.
The man came forward shortly afterwards to claim his money following a four-hour investigation by Metro Police. The money was returned to the 28-year-old professional poker player.
Yellow Checker Star Transportation Company hopes the public realizes there are plenty of honest, good drivers out there like Gamboa.
"We had to be as a company extremely cautious that the right person got the money," YCST CEO Bill Shranko said. "It's the Christmas season and we think it's the best story that I've seen in 32 years and cab drivers worldwide are going to be very proud."
Yellow Checker Star gave Gamboa a nice steak dinner for two and a $1,000 reward. He was also named Cab Driver of the Year.
"I did the right thing, that's it," Gamboa said.
The professional poker player did not want his name revealed, but we're told he is considering giving Gamboa a substantial reward, who plans to keep driving and looks forward to a great new year.