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Treasure hunters find cash at Pacific Beach

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Pez dispensers full of money turned up buried in the sands of Pacific Beach Sunday, as the San Francisco man with too much money sprinkled San Diego beaches with cash for the first time.

Over the past few months, we've reported on anonymous people hiding cash around town and putting out clues on Twitter.

So far, they've all been copy cats -- following the lead of a man based out of San Francisco.

Sunday, he finally paid a visit to San Diego and the rush was on.

When it comes to the dash for cash, you have a few different types of explorers.

There's the rookie -- like Nathan Maes and his grandfather. 

"We heard there was buried treasure," Nathan Maes said. "We've been looking, we've been hitting rocks trying to find it. And we've been digging." 

Then you have the pro.

"I felt very excited because this is like my third one. But I actually found the money in my favorite Disney character," Karly Morrell said. 

And then there's the lucky.

"I was just having a conversation with one of my friends and boom, I looked down on the ground," Paul Sakadjian said. 

Paul had never even heard of Hidden Cash, but he was in the right place at the right time.

"It was looking at me like, 'hey buddy what's up.' And I went okay, cool. I'll take you," Paul Sakadjian said. "Oh I was shocked, I didn't think that people were giving hundred dollar bills away like wow that's amazing."

These treasure hunters, along with hundreds others, scoured Pacific Beach after getting tipped off by the Twitter account - @HiddenCash - the brainchild of Jason Buzi, a San Francisco based entrepreneur. He put out clues of where the pez dispensers filled with cash would be, and then encouraged people to tweet their treasure.

"I think it's a great thing. I think people take an interest in doing things that are kind of fun," Roman Maes said. 

One thing we noticed was all the different search techniques.

"I'm doing the twist method. It helps you sink down further. I heard they're not really deep but they're not right on's a good workout,” Melissa Cottingham from Los Angeles, said. 

We saw the stingray shuffle, people digging with their hands, and then we saw Chris Dyer and his turtle crawl.

"The way I see it, a plow digs up the ground from underneath. I'm running out of time here so I mean no one else is doing that," Chris Dyer said. 

But this turtle, was just too slow.

"You still got your hopes up? Not really...I'm gonna go get me a beer," he said. 

On Hidden Cash's Twitter feed, they thanked San Diego, and said they'd be back. Monday, they'll be in Fresno, and then the L.A. area.  
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