The donor has been conducting the Northern California treasure
hunt by posting clues to a Twitter account called HiddenCash,
sending followers to uncover envelopes filled with about $100 taped
behind stop signs, bulldozers, fire hydrants and dumpsters.
By late Wednesday, more than 190,000 people were following the
The donor describes the five-day-old game as way to give back to
society after making millions in the city's real estate market.
"I want the spotlight on what I'm doing and trying to do," he told
CNN. "I have no plans to stop anytime soon. I'm planning to continue
this indefinitely into the future."
The donor has encouraged winners to tweet photos of their winnings.
So far, the experiment has appeared to be a success.
A local television web producer treated co-workers to pizza, while
another donated the cash to San Francisco's St. Anne's church and
another to the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, according to postings on
Deidre Washington, 35, of Oakland, said in a phone interview that
she and her 14-year-old daughter used a Twitter clue to hunt down an
envelope taped to a parking meter in San Francisco's Mission
district with $60 inside.
Washington said she split the contents with several homeless people
at a camp nearby. "We're always trying to give back," she said.
The pair then doubled their winnings after following a second tweet
to another $60 envelope at Burger King.
"We split it - she's using it for the summer and I got some gas,"
Washington said of herself and her daughter.
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"Hiddencash is NOT instead of charity," the donor tweeted on
Monday. "We support many charities too. This is for fun."
Though the game began in San Francisco, envelopes have begun
appearing in Oakland and San Jose.
Alex Doxie found the first envelope in San Jose on Wednesday - $120
attached to a fire hydrant, according to a local media report.
"I’m going to take my wife out to dinner,” he told local news
The donor does not plan to keep the game confined to northern
California, saying on Twitter that Los Angeles residents will soon
get a chance to treasure hunt their own envelopes of cash.
(Editing by Victoria Cavaliere and Ken Wills)
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