Edmonton Man Finds $100,000 Worth Of Gold And Silver In Calgary
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(Kitco News) – It looks like the people of Edmonton may have a knack for tracking down treasure, as a man from Alberta’s capital became the second local to locate $100,000 worth of gold and silver.
GoldHunt, the group that organized the nation-wide treasure hunt, announced on Wednesday that the loot hidden in Calgary was found by Jeff Lerue, an Edmonton native who traveled in hopes of locating the prize.
The discovery couldn’t have come at a better time for Lerue. According to reports, Lerue has been unable to work for the past two years due to a broken knee, and after his application for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped was rejected, he had been struggling to pay off debt.
"I think it's icing on the cake that both of the winners are from Edmonton," said Chris Cromwell, spokesperson for GoldHunt, in an interview earlier this week. "It's been really interesting to see that whole thing unfold online."
Lerue wasn’t the only Edmonton pillager; according to GoldHunt’s twitter, “there was a fleet of over 200 pirates from [Edmonton] that were looking to pillage [Calgary.]”
The news comes just a few days after it was announced that the Edmonton treasure was located in less than 24 hours after the hunt was initiated. Now, the only treasure that remains unfound is one hidden in Vancouver.
However, Cromwell has hinted at the possibility of another treasure hunt for Calgary in the future.
“We’re not currently announcing that there is another hunt in Calgary, but I would suggest that you turn your notifications on and stay tuned to our social media, because there may be something coming in the pipeline,” he said. “But I can’t really say it just yet.”
The Canada-wide hunt has taken the country by storm, with ambitious treasure-seekers scouring the nation in hopes of getting their hands on some treasure. However, these pirates may have gone overboard in their plunder, causing GoldHunt to issue warnings about disturbing private businesses and public museums, and starting the hashtag #NoShovel to address concerns.
“You can uncover the final clue with your BARE HANDS and you will not need to create additional strain to the support teams at Alberta One Call and BC 1 Call, that are here to protect us,” they said in a recent Instagram post.