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    Randolph Alarcio was among the people who found an envelope full of cash at Capitol Park, Tuesday, June 24, 2014, during the Hidden Cash scavenger hunt.

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    Joe Amey shared this photo after finding $100 during the Hidden Cash hunt at Sacramento State on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

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    Four find the Hidden Cash envelopes at Sacramento State early Tuesday.

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    Susanna Placencia and son Angel search in leaves under bushes next to sac stat Administration Building.

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    State worker Kristine Olson searches through bushes and shrubs in Capitol Park during the Hidden Cash scavenger hunt.

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  • Joe Amey

    Joe Amey, center, shared this photo after finding $100 during the Hidden Cash hunt at Sacramento State on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

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    Donna Carrillo exercises her tree-climbing skills to search for hidden envelopes of money in the Hidden Cash scavenger hunt Tuesday at Sacramento State.

Hundreds search for hidden cash in Sacramento

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 - 6:55 am

Hundreds of cash hunters ransacked Sacramento State and Capitol Park during a Hidden Cash treasure hunt Tuesday.

The @HiddenCash Twitter account handlers began tweeting hints to the first hiding spot Monday night. Dozens of people began searching early Tuesday morning at California State University, Sacramento.

They arrived sometimes four to a car and often hunted in groups. As they walked around campus, some of them held cellphones to keep track of the latest tweet by @HiddenCash. Searchers peered into garbage cans, looked into the canopies of trees, and a woman carrying a baby tipped an ash can to look for an elusive hidden envelope.

Joseph Amey, 34, of North Highlands and two friends were among the early birds at the university. He arrived at the drop spot around 2 a.m. Tuesday and found an envelope with a “nice crisp $100 bill” at 7:30 a.m. near the University Theatre, he said.

“We didn’t think that was it at first, but sure enough, that was one of them,” Amey said.

Most participants weren’t as lucky.

Student Ben Bryant said he had been looking since 5 a.m., but hours later he had not found anything.

“I’ve been looking on trees and under benches, but I haven’t been able to find anything,” said Bryant.

Real estate investor Jason Buzi, 43, a Sacramento State alumnus, and his team behind Hidden Cash stashed $1,600 at his alma mater for participants to find.

After too many people deciphered his first clue, Buzi decided to shift the hunt’s location to Capitol Park around noon, he said. The millionaire said he hid $850 throughout the park.

After the Hidden Cash crew tweeted “What sound does a dog make?” scavengers began digging in mulch at the base of trees and picking at bark.

Randolph Alarcio, 33, of Elk Grove found $80 under tree bark during his lunch break at Capitol Park.

“Once I found out that it was about two blocks away from my work, I thought ‘what a great way to spend my lunch,’” Alarcio said of the hunt.

A mother-son team, Susanna and Angel Plascencia, were drawn to Sacramento State because of the clues posted on Twitter.

“The clues are weird, but I’ve been following what others are saying on the tweets, and gathering them all and going with that,” Susanna Plascencia said.

Eileen Shoening of Sacramento started her search at 9 a.m. and hunted for the cash at Sacramento State and Capitol Park but came up empty at both spots.

Still, Shoening said she enjoyed how the scavenger hunt brought the community together.

“I think it’s a great thing, and it gets people out who normally wouldn’t be out,” she said.

Cash hunters have been following the @HiddenCash Twitter account for clues since the Sacramento hunt was announced last week. The Hidden Cash scavenger hunt in Sacramento fulfilled Buzi’s longing to “bring people together,” he said.

“I’m really happy with the turnout in Sacramento,” Buzi said. “We’ve had more engagement from Sacramento than London.”

Call The Bee’s Katrina Cameron, (916) 321-1231. Follow her on Twitter at @katcameron91.

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