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Hidden cash craze continues in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - From San Francisco to San Diego -- people all over the state have gotten their hands on thousands of dollars in hidden cash over the past couple of weeks. 

Sunday was no exception as those hunts for money continued.

"Who wouldn't want to be in a big scavenger hunt? And that's what this is," said one man. 

As soon as the tweet showing a picture of Home Depot was sent out by sdcashstash dozens of people swarmed the store's Mira Mesa location.

They combed through bushes, trees, even barbecues.

Within minutes, the search came to an abrupt halt, signaled by someone screaming from the back corner of the parking lot.

Charlie Morrell of Spring Valley spotted the cash prize inside a water bottle covered with Batman tape.

"A hundred dollars baby...woo hoo," said Morrell. 

It was hiding underneath some bushes lined up against this wall.

"Here...I do believe in the clean spot," Morrell said. 

Morrell now joins a long list of people from all over the state who have taken what started as a single tweet in San Francisco by storm.

Hidden Cash initiated the cash scavenger hunt frenzy.

With more than 400,000 Twitter followers, its founder managed to remain anonymous for nearly two weeks. We now know he is Jason Buzi, a Bay Area real estate mogul.
"You know it's fun for the community and families...so pretty awesome," said one woman. 

And that fun doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon. San Diego now has at least five ongoing money scavenger hunts.

While its founders have yet to reveal their identities, participants don't seem to mind at all. Especially those like Charlie Morrell who's now $100 richer.

"Thank you...it's been fun, I'll definitely do it again later...my first hunt and I'm a winner," Morrell said. 

Charlie says he will use the money for dinner and drinks.


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