When you come across a penny on the ground, do you pick it up or pass it by? Ira Keys of Slaton, Texas is the type to pick it up, and it just paid off big time.

81-year-old Keys started saving his pennies when he was 17, and recently took them to his bank to be deposited into an account. The collection weighed about 500 pounds and totaled $816. It took bank employees over an hour to count the 81,600 pennies.

So next time you see a penny lying on the floor, pick it up and squirrel it away. In fact, make a habit of it. Who knows? Maybe you could shatter Keys’ record some day.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock