Man collects pennies for 40 years

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A Louisiana man has been saving pennies for 40 years.   He finally cashed in his collection and it was worth more than $5,000.  He kept it all inside 15 huge water jugs.

He decided to cash it in becasue his insurance company is no longer insuring the pennies that he stored in his house.

Ortha Anders says he became fascinated back in the 1970s as a little boy.

He says that pennies symbolize more than money.

"Whenever I would see a penny, I would always say a prayer of thanks. It was a reminder to me to always be thankful," Anders says.

His collection has about half-a-million pennies which means he collected more than 30 pennies a day for 40 years.