The Great U.S. Treasure Hunt is a nationwide hunt for items hidden somewhere in the 49 continental United States. Each item can be found by decoding a message in one of four chapters in the e-book 'The Great U.S. Treasure Hunt' sold on Amazon. Oneonta resident Kristian House cracked one of the four codes detailing the exact location of a Hermes Badge, earning him $10,000.
"There seemed to be hints in the story itself that led me to choose the method that I did, and from there I just started looking for the pattern, and once I found it the things kind of fell into place," he said.
House deciphered this code hidden in Chapter one of the book. "The actual breakdown was Tri-slide, Lions, Nampa, Hermes Badge."
That message brought him to Lions Park in Boise Idaho where he found the Hermes Badge hidden beneath a tri-slide. You don’t have to be an Indiana Jones type character to find these items. The rules state the items are in public, no digging, no hiking, no climbing, no water -- and hopefully no snakes.
Hunt organizers say the final item to be found is hidden somewhere east of the Mississippi and south of the 40th parallel. Organizers are hoping to add another 6 treasures to this year’s hunt.