In his latest film, The House, Will Ferrell turns his home into a casino to pay for his child’s college education, but on Today he took a simpler approach in helping a college student cover her tuition.

On Tuesday, June 20, the Anchorman star surprised Ithaca College student Samantha Watts with a check for $100,000.

“You can’t actually cash this,” Ferrell joked moments after presenting Watts with the giant check. “They’ll give you a real check.”

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