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 didnt think that was it at first, but sure enough, that was one of them, Amey said.
Most participants werent as lucky.
Student Ben Bryant said he had been looking since 5 a.m., but hours later he had not found anything.
Ive been looking on trees and under benches, but I havent 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 hunts 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 Ive 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 its a great thing, and it gets people out who normally wouldnt 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 Buzis longing to bring people together, he said.
Im really happy with the turnout in Sacramento, Buzi said. Weve had more engagement from Sacramento than London.
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