AUSTIN (KXAN) – A winner for The Great U.S. Treasure Hunt was announced mere hours after the event began.

The Great U.S. Treasure Hunt made its way to Austin on Saturday, and Austinites had the chance to participate in the event to find a coin worth $1,000.

According to organizers, 14 teams showed up an hour into the game, and 10 had only heard about it within the last day.

“Our winner, who beat the second place team only because he ran from the parking lot, as they pulled in at the same time, is Jeremy Dobbins, part of a team calling themselves ‘The Incredibles,'” the event host and Hunt president Jeff Kessler said.

The coin was found stuck under the lip of a picnic bench in the park. Dobbins and his team will split the $1,000 prize.

Organizers said the game was its third event—with the first two stops being in Los Vegas and Los Angeles.

Jennifer Rao (left) and Anthony Kneisser (far right) pictured with their coins. (The Great US Treasure Hunt photos)
Jennifer Rao (left) and Anthony Kneisser (far right) pictured with their coins. (The Great US Treasure Hunt photos)

“Somewhere in a 50-mile radius of the Capitol Building is a small brass coin, hidden in public, above ground, with clues pointing to its exact location,” organizers said.

According to The Great U.S. Treasure Hunt, players received five puzzles to solve–one of which will reveal the precise spot the coin is hidden. The five puzzles were emailed to all registered players between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday.

According to the organizers, thousands of players were registered to participate in the hunt, but Austin locals had an advantage.

“There may be references in the puzzles which locals will understand that might get past someone who isn’t from this area,” said Jeff Kessler, a local Austin Realtor, who launched the first hunt in late 2020.

The event began July 30, and after Austin, it will continue to Washington D.C., Asheville, North Carolina, and end in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Sept. 3.