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Anonymous philanthropist gives out money in ‘biggest scavenger hunt in LA history’

Published time: May 31, 2014 23:18
Photo from Twitter/@HiddenCash

Photo from Twitter/@HiddenCash

An anonymous wealthy man launched the “biggest hunt in LA history” on Saturday when he organized a scavenger hunt by hiding money and posting clues on Twitter. The game has sparked a frenzy in California, beginning over a week ago in San Francisco.

The donor, who has not revealed his identity, made several drops in LA on Wednesday and Friday, but promised an “epic, gigantic scavenger hunt” on Saturday.


Hundreds of people dashed to the seashore in Hermosa Beach, LA County, looking for 36 Angry Birds containers filled with cash.

The lucky ones have been posting their discoveries on Twitter.


Twitter user @HiddenCash started the game in San Francisco on May 23, making drops of money over the week ranging from about $20 to over $200 in various locations such as under chairs, inside phone boxes, in parks, on trash cans, and even in restrooms.


The benefactor wrote that the game is “an anonymous social experiment for good.” Since he created the account, he has already gained over 399,000 followers as of Saturday.

The unknown donor wrote on Twitter that the idea of the treasure hunt came to him spontaneously last Thursday while dining with a friend. The man said he thought it would be a fun way to give back to the community.

"I've made millions of dollars the last few years, more than I ever imagined, and yet many friends of mine, and people who work for me, cannot afford to buy a modest home in the Bay Area," the philanthropist wrote in response to a question asked by San Francisco online news site The Bold Italic.

The covert philanthropist has been criticized by those who believe the money could be better spent.

In response, he wrote: "Because people asked, just want to say that @Hiddencash is NOT instead of charity. We support many charities too. This is for fun."

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