Poker Pro Eric Cloutier sells Wife's $23k Wedding Ring for $5 - Gets It Back

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Poker pro Eric Cloutier has made plenty of right decisions on the way towards accumulating $573,370 in live tournament winnings. However, he made one very bad decision earlier this month after selling his wife's $23,000 wedding ring for just $5 during a garage sale.

The trouble all began when Raquel Cloutier's fingers started swelling because of her pregnancy. Since the ring was so tight, she took it off and put it under a watch box cushion, neglecting to tell Eric about the hiding spot.

When Raquel went into labor and gave birth to their fourth child, Eric rushed home and put together a garage sale. He wanted to take advantage of a community garage sale that was going on and clean up the house for his wife's return. But Eric made the unknowing mistake of selling the watch box and ring after checking it and finding nothing inside.

After Raquel left the hospital and returned home, she was shocked to discover that the watch box was missing. "I went into the closet, and I'm like, 'Eric, where's the box?,'" she said. "He's like 'What box?' 'I'm like, the watch box that was up on the shelf.' He's like, 'I sold it.' And I'm like, 'What do you mean you sold it? You sold the box?' And so I just started crying and he's like 'Why are you crying?' 'My ring is in the box, that's why I'm crying.' 'You got to be kidding me, the ring is in the box."

Following two weeks without the $23k ring, the couple had given up hope on it being returned. However, the people in possession of the ring recently returned it after reading about the Cloutier's ordeal online. Alyssa Lossau's mother had bought the watch box and given it to her. Lossau and her husband then discovered the ring hidden under a cushion and chose to return it.

Now that she's got her ring back, Raquel Cloutier plans to keep a good eye on it. "I don't think that I'll be taking if off any time soon. You just can't ask for a better ending to a story," she said.