This week, we all learned what a $975 million check looks like.

Don’t remember? How could you forget. Okay, Okay. Here’s a reminder — it looks like this:

We also learned that there was a scenario in which a nine-figure check wouldn’t be cashed.

The $974,790,317.77 payment was written by oil baron Harold Hamm, the billionaire CEO of Continental Resources, as part of his divorce case.

His ex-wife, Sue Ann Arnall, turned down the money, reportedly arguing it wasn’t enough. Hamm’s lawyer told Reuters earlier this week that she “did not want to risk the dismissal of her appeal by acceptance of the benefits.”

What a difference a few days makes. Bloomberg reports that Arnall, who was married to Hamm for 26 years, has since cashed the check.


“Normally when someone accepts the benefits, the appeal is dismissed,” Hamm’s lawyer, Michael Burrage, told Bloomberg. “If she doesn’t voluntarily dismiss the appeal, we’ll ask the court to.”

Hamm had also challenged the amount, though Burrage declined to tell Bloomberg whether Arnall’s trip to the bank meant Hamm’s appeal was over.

On Thursday, Bloomberg reported:

Burrage said he received a call from the bank today that Arnall had presented the check for cashing. “I told them to cash it,” he said. “I wish there was more fanfare to it.”

You and me both, Michael Burrage.