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Storm unearths lost ring

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The June hail storm is responsible for reuniting a former South Grand Prairie football player with his long lost championship ring.

Two months ago an epic 20-minute hail storm caused more than a billion dollars in damage in the Dallas Lakewood neighborhood.

The hail also damaged a shed at Heather Allen's home. And it was while her husband was tearing it down that he found the buried treasure.

"He yanked the vine out of the ground, and all of a sudden this big clump of dirt popped out with something that looked like a ring," Allen said.

It was Michael Lugo's 1990 district championship ring from South Grand Prairie High School.

"I was a sophomore playing on the varsity team, and it was kind of exciting when we got it," Lugo said.

Lugo and his wife had lived in the house in 1998. At the time all of his football memorabilia was relegated to a free-standing garage.

"Some kids had thrown a Molotov cocktail on the garage. They lit up a lot of garages that day and I thought I'd lost everything," he said.

He had replaced the garage with the shed.

Allen said she turned to Google after she found the ring and was able to find Lugo in Saint Augustine, Fla. She put it in the mail and it arrived on Wednesday.

"You never would think somebody like that could find you," Lugo said.

The two homeowners have never met and probably never will, but they've shared an address and now a great story.

"If it wasn't for that hail storm, we would've never torn that shed down. We would've never found that ring. It would be lost forever," Allen said.


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