Redditors who made a lot of money by sheer randomness, what's your story?

I wrote a photo stitching library in the early 00s. It started out as a small project just so I could learn more about digital photo manipulation and turned into that. It was barely functional without a lot of manual coding and really needed a good GUI. A student at the University of Washington wrote a killer GUI for it and pitched it to Microsoft. They wanted it, badly.

Instead of licensing, they wanted to buy the rights to my library outright. I figured $10k for the idea plus about 2000 hours @ $20/hr all totals up to $50k. Pretty big chunk of change for a teenager. Their initial offer was several times that and I negotiated a bit higher. I bought a house, a car, traveled the world, and funded nearly a decade of alcoholism.

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