Hidden cash craze comes to Valley

Hidden cash craze comes to Austintown


AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) — It’s a scavenger hunt that has taken the country by storm.

Generous individuals have been leaving cash in envelops and tipping off its location on social media. And now it is here in the Valley.

It’s called Ohio Hidden Cash. The man behind the Facebook page is hiding money and keys, leaving clues on that page and asking that once the treasure is located, the finders take a picture and share it on his page.

Scott Mezzapeso followed clues to Austintown Township Park on Saturday. There, under the bleachers near a baseball field was hidden cash.

“I was excited. I was like oh, the only reason I know about it was because of my brother. So I was excited about it, but I was going to share the money with him,” Mezzapeso said.

Laura Shinn did the same thing early Sunday morning.

“As soon as I saw the first picture, which was a tree with a bunch of roots exposed, I immediately thought it was Mill Creek Park,” Shinn said.

She found the envelope at the base of a a tree at the Lily Pond in Mill Creek Park. Inside was a $100 bill. Her son, Joey, posed for a picture after the discovery.

“I can’t believe this. I am waiting for someone to say ‘oh no, it’s not real, not true.’ But it was and it was just amazing,” Shinn said.

Born and raised in the Valley, the man behind Ohio Hidden Cash wishes to remain anonymous, but said he will keep this game going as long as it continues to be a positive thing not only in his life, but the lives of those people playing too.

More than 2,000 people have liked the page on Facebook. The anonymous person is now hiding keys to a lock box.

Both Shinn and Mezzapeso said not knowing who it is makes it exciting, but they would like to tell him this:

“Just keep doing what you are doing. This is amazing. This is something that this area, I think, just really needs. It’s really fun,” Shinn said.

“I would like to thank him very much. I mean, it was very kind, it’s very generous and it’s actually kind of exciting,” Mezzapeso said.

The anonymous man said that he’s remaining anonymous because this game is all about the goodness and spirit, not about the person behind it.

The craze started in California several weeks ago with the anonymous donor using Facebook and Twitter to give clues. He uses the Twitter handle @HiddenCash.

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