By CBSBoston.com Staff

(CBS) — A decades-old rumor leads to a nice payday for one family in Massachusetts.

For years they were told money was hidden somewhere in their house. They hired carpenters in the past but could never find anything.

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So they brought in a real-life treasure hunter – Keith Wille, of Connecticut – who found something in the floorboards.

It was a gray metal box containing old cash and silver certificates totaling $46,000 that had been hidden there since the 1950s.

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Finding treasure in a western Mass. home (Image credit: Keith Wille)

A YouTube video posted by Wille shows how he used a metal detector and endoscope camera to find the lockbox.

“As soon as I cracked the box open I saw the cash,” he says. “I knew we found the treasure.”

Click here to watch the full video.

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CBSBoston.com Staff