windfall (n): an unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage

"To get this windfall [my link], the oil companies didn't have to conspire with the Bush administration to start a war in Iraq. They didn't have to conspire among themselves to raise prices at the pump. If you own oil anywhere in the world, you didn't have to do a damned thing. Just close your eyes, make a wish, open them, and—surprise—you're getting an extra $25 a barrel."

Well, Well [Slate]

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