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Single Miner Claims 3.125 BTC Reward in Rare Solo Mining Success

ByDayne Lee

May 4, 2024
Single Miner Claims 3.125 BTC Reward in Rare Solo Mining Success

Single Miner Claims 3.125 BTC Reward in Rare Solo Mining Success

In a rare feat within the Bitcoin mining community, a single Bitcoin miner successfully solved a Bitcoin block by themselves, securing the entire block reward of 3.125 Bitcoin, approximately valued at $200,000 at the time of solving.

Bitcoin mining involves validators on the network competing to solve complex cryptographic puzzles in order to add a new block to the blockchain. Typically, this is done in mining pools to increase the chance of winning block rewards. However, a lone miner defied the odds by solving a block solo, an occurrence as rare as “winning the lottery.”

The Solo Miner’s Achievement

On April 28, Con Kolivas, a software engineer and administrator at the ckpool solo mining pool, announced on X that a miner had solved Bitcoin’s 282nd solo block in history. This particular miner, at the time, was operating at about 120 petahashes per second, equivalent to 0.12 exahashes per second—just 0.02% of Bitcoin’s total network hash rate.

The reward of 3.125 BTC comes after the recent Bitcoin halving event on April 20, which saw the reward for solving a block halved from 6.25 BTC. This has significantly increased the challenge and reward of mining, as evidenced by the reduced frequency of solo miners striking it rich. The last solo mining success prior to this was on April 5, before the halving, where a miner earned a block reward worth approximately $422,750 at the time.

Implications of Solo Mining

This exceptional mining victory underscores the decentralized and competitive nature of Bitcoin mining. Despite the growing difficulty and increased network hash rate—now at an average of 618 exahashes per second—individuals can still potentially reap significant rewards, though such successes are becoming increasingly uncommon.

The miner’s strategy may have included a shift from pooled mining to solo mining, possibly due to not covering electricity costs with smaller, more regular payouts from pools. This decision underscores the high-risk, high-reward nature of solo mining in the current economic landscape of Bitcoin.

Future of Solo Mining

As Bitcoin continues to mature and the network becomes even more competitive, the chances of solo mining successes like this are expected to decrease. However, such events highlight the enduring allure and excitement surrounding cryptocurrency mining.

The tale of this solo Bitcoin miner serves as a reminder of the unpredictable and thrilling aspects of cryptocurrency mining. While the mining landscape may evolve with increasing technological advancements and rising hash rates, the dream of striking it rich with a single block remains a powerful story in the crypto community.

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Dayne Lee

With a foundation in financial day trading, I transitioned to my current role as an editor, where I prioritize accuracy and reader engagement in our content. I excel in collaborating with writers to ensure top-quality news coverage. This shift from finance to journalism has been both challenging and rewarding, driving my commitment to editorial excellence.

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