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Free money craze heats up in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS/CBS 8) - At least two people discovered cash in San Diego Monday left in public areas by anonymous philanthropists, who sent out clues to the prizes via Twitter.

An El Cajon woman won $50 Monday when she discovered an envelope of cash left by an anonymous philanthropist outside a Santee Wal-Mart store. On Monday night, "SDCashBoss" tweeted a picture of a woman who discovered $200 in La Jolla.

A second person who has been hiding cash around San Diego County and giving riddle-like clues via Twitter began tweeting last week under the handle "sdcashstash." Another philanthropist under the Twitter handle "HiddenCashSD" is also tweeting out clues.

By staging the scavenger hunts, they've joined the HiddenCash Internet phenomenon that started in San Francisco on May 23. It has spread to other major U.S. cities and to other countries.

Sdcashstash tweeted a photo of the Wal-Mart storefront shortly after lunchtime and said the money would be outside the store. About two dozen people subsequently converged on the parking lot, and the winner found it under a bench.

The donor reported that a drop would be made in the North County on Tuesday.

Another person leaving money around San Diego is tweeting under "HiddenCashSD" and a third uses the handle of "SDCashBoss."

The San Francisco donor has dubbed the practice a "social experiment for good." At least some of the recipients of the stashed cash have turned around and spent it on others, including buying food for the homeless, according to published reports.

In addition to announcing plans for a cash drop, sdcashstash also wrote, "Let's buy lunch for any PD-FD or military you see June 2nd!"
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