For “Storage Wars” auctioneer Dan Dotson, the show’s longevity and popularity have become a “super blessing.”
After 13 seasons, the 58-year-old Dotson said he’s benefited from the reality show’s success.
The show’s new season premiered this week on A&E.
“We originally thought that if we could figure out a way to get a pilot and that could get out there, that would be better than just nothing,” Dotson said.
But after the A&E network ordered four more shows, Dan Dotson and his wife, Laura, were undoubtedly “ecstatic.”
He told Monsters and Critics that the show has “just been a super blessing for us ever since then.
Now the show has run for 14 seasons with 279 episodes.
Dotsons Found Success With ‘Storage Wars’
According to the website Sportskeeda, the Dotsons work non-stop, it seems.
Dan Dotson started his American Auctioneers business in 1983. Later, he met his wife in 1996, and now she’s his business partner, co-owner, and manager of the auction company.
The couple reportedly works 1,500 to 3,000 auction shows a year, and with the “Storage Wars” TV show, they have an estimated net worth of $4.5 million each.
Dan Dotson’s $7.5 Million Safe
According to NPR, Dan Dotson once auctioned off a storage unit for $500 in 2018. The new owner bought it along with a safe.
In that safe turned out to be millions. The new owner cracked it to find $7.5 million in cash in the safe.
This unit sells for 500 bucks, buyer finds 7.5 million cash, attorney reaches out on behalf of the previous owner & nicely offers 1.2 million dollars back in return for all money back.— Dan Dotson on A&E (@auctionguydan) November 5, 2018
What would you do?
New #StorageWars @aetv
Nov 7th 10/9c @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura pic.twitter.com/8UXJ1xvXkz
“It was an amazing story,” Dotson told The Palm Springs Desert Sun. “She said, ‘I just gotta tell you this story, my husband works for a guy that bought a unit from you, and there was a safe in there.’”
Dotson said the original owner got their attorney to contact the new owner to negotiate a deal to get the money back. The attorney initially offered the new unit owner $600,000 of the $7.5 million, but the new owner balked. Soon after, they agreed to keep $1.2 million and return the rest.
This particular auction did not make the show out of safety concerns, and there are not many details beyond the sale and recovery.
Dotson Tragedy Hits Close To Home
This week, the shooter of Dan Dotson’s son, Garrett, was found guilty of a drive-by shooting.
According to the Mohave Valley Daily News, the Kingman, Ariz. court dropped other charges against Garrett Wilder in the Sept. 6, 2020 shooting. Wilder is facing between seven and 22 years in prison.
The 2020 early morning altercation included Wilder, Dotson, and Dotson’s friend, Mauro Owens, in Lake Havasu, California.
Wilder said the two men acted aggressively toward him and his girlfriend. When Dotson tried to open the door of Wilder’s car, the man said he shot Dotson in self-defense.
The shooting left Garrett Dotson seriously injured, and Wilder’s bullet remains stuck in the man’s spine.