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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — New Yorkers hit the streets on Saturday in search of hidden cash.

Earlier this week a once anonymous California millionaire, later identified as Jason Buzi, announced plans to hide cash around the city.

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1010 WINS' Roger Stern reports

Buzi had been hiding money around San Francisco, Calif. but decided to take the game across the country to the Big Apple.

 

In total, 59 envelopes filled with money were tucked away in Central Park and Prospect Park, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.

The clue ‘Mr. Grant 50, and Ms. Liberty 23 had a large and expensive, outdoor wedding with many guests,’ sent JC from Brooklyn to Central Park near West 73rd Street.

“I put it all together and I’m here,” she told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern, “I’ve found nothing so far, but I’m going to keep on searching.”

A later tweet said that the cash had not been put out yet. Buzi typically leaves amounts of cash ranging from $40 to $100.

Buzi ended up hiding 40 envelopes in Central Park alone. Each had a $50 dollar bill featuring, of course, President Ulysses S. Grant and a silver dollar with Lady Liberty front and center, Brown reported.

New Yorkers Win Big As Hidden Cash Twitter Game Hits The Big Apple

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WCBS 880's Monica Miller reports

Andrea Prince also put the clues together quickly and made her way over to Central Park, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported.

“I said, I know exactly where that is, so I had the cab driver literally just pull over at Columbus Circle and I got out,” she said.

With her 4-year-old in tow, the Nutley resident ran into the park off of Fifth Avenue over a bridge near a pond and discovered a white envelope stuck in the middle of a lamp post.

“What was in the envelope was a silver dollar with Lady Liberty on it and then a $50 bill with Grant on it,” she said.

New Yorkers Take To The Streets In Search Of Hidden Cash As Twitter Game Hits The Big Apple

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1010 WINS' Gary Baumgarten reports

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, folks also flocked to Prospect Park in search of the money.

“People are creating Twitter accounts just for today,” one woman said.

“I created a Twitter account just for this game,” her friend chimed in.

One woman said she thought she saw a guy with an envelope sticking out of the back of his pants in the woods along the path where money was later found by others.

She said she followed him for a while, but then gave up. Now, she told Baumgarten, she’s sorry she did.

In all, 19 envelopes were hidden along the trail.

Buzi has said he hopes the winners use the money to pay it forward, and many told Brown they plan to do just that.

The Hidden Cash game also made its debut in Houston and Mexico City on Saturday. Sadly, there are no more Hidden Cash games planned for New York. The game will move to Chicago on Sunday.

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