Have you ever touched a very large amount of money? It can be in cash or a check-- but only a real check made out to a real person, not one of those Ed McMahon "YOU may HAVE WON $10,000,000!!!" checks!
Mine: $50,000, by check, from being bought out of my share of an apartment. There was something kind of freaky about it, seeing an amount that was almost equal to my salary at the time, just sitting there in one lump sum. Obviously it would have been even weirder if it had been cash.