Before you hand over another dollar to play the lottery, take a good look at that bill. If it has the right kind of serial number, you won’t need to play the lottery. The bill itself can be worth thousands of dollars.
So what is the “right” kind of serial number? According to the Daily Dot, certain strings of numbers can bring in a small fortune from collectors of rare currency. Among the highest-yielding combinations are:
—7 repeating digits in a row on $1 Federal Reserve Notes (i.e. 09999999, 77777776)
—7 of a kind on $1 Federal Reserve Notes (i.e. 00010000, 99999099)
—Super repeaters on $1 Federal Reserve Notes (i.e. 67676767)
—Double quads on $1 Federal Reserve Notes (i.e. 00009999)
The site further notes that low serial numbers, from 00000001 to 00000100, are highly valued, as are palindromes — numerical sequences that read the same backwards and forwards: for example 23599532. “Ladders” (45678901) and important dates (12071941) also tend to fetch big bucks for small bucks.
The piece contains a link to a website called CoolSerialNumbers.com that results in a 404 error, but luckily, it also points to a Cool Serial Numbers collection displayed on Google+ that does work. So grab your wallet, and have at it.
If you strike pay dirt, remember, you heard it here first.