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Registration open for Wildlife Command Center’s $10,000 treasure hunt

Michael Beran with treasure boxes
Michael Beran of Wildlife Command Center shows off the Cash Quest treasure boxes. (Source: YouTube)

Registration for the Wildlife Command Center’s Extraordinary St. Louis Cash Quest – and the change to hunt down a $10,000 cash prize – will continue through June 15.

Teams of up to six family members and friends search for 12 treasure boxes – each with $100 inside – hidden in 12 secret locations across the St. Louis metropolitan area. When a team finds 10 boxes, they qualify for an opportunity to earn the $10,000 grand prize. 

“They’re as far out as Eureka and Herculaneum, and as far north as Spanish Lake,” Michael Beran, owner and operator of Wildlife Rescue Center, said. 

All 12 boxes are hidden on public land, and clues to the location of each box will be released on the Wildlife Command Center’s official Youtube channel starting July 1 in the form of 12 videos.

The hunt will begin July 1 at 10:01 a.m. and ends on Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m. 

To qualify for grand prize, the finder must document each found treasure by taking a selfie featuring their face, the treasure and the hiding spot. In addition, the finder must take screen shot of their location on Google or Apple maps pinpointing the location where the treasure was found. 

“They’re small and compact,” Beran said. “So, you could find it and stick it in your pocket.” 

Inside the box are instructions on how to claim the $100. 

“This is a treasure hunt, not a scavenger hunt,” Beran said. “Typically, in a scavenger hunt, multiple people could find multiple clues . A treasure hunt is where you find a box that has a treasure of value in it, and that box is yours. You get to keep the box, paperwork, the $100 and everything. It’s all yours.”

Any individual or team that finds and recovers 10 of the 12 hidden treasures will be eligible to win the grand prize of $10,000. In the event that no team finds 10 treasures to claim the grand prize, according to Beran, there will be a consolation prize drawing. There will be 10 envelopes with a secret multiplier inside, from 1-10 so if the person or team with the most found treasure boxes pulls an envelope they will increase their prize found by the multiplier inside the envelope they pull.

“So, if they pulled a 10 and they found five boxes, they could win $5,000,” Beran said.

In case of a tie, the winner will be the first individual or team to submit their findings based on their submission timestamp. Teams found cheating, stealing, sabotaging, trespassing, criminal activity, collusion with opposing teams, or breaking the law in any way will be automatically disqualified.

According to Beran, the goal of the competition is to provide people an opportunity to get out and back into nature after coming off over a year of quarantine.

“People have had nothing to do, a lot of people are hurting financially and they can’t afford to do anything,” Beran said. “When you figure out that clue, you’re going to feel accomplished. I feel like it’s going to get people out of the house, maybe get people to have some community and team-building. I think that this is going to make people enjoy, for a little while, doing something that doesn’t cost a lot.”

Beran also looks forward to meeting the treasure hunters who choose to participate. 

“I’m going to get to meet new people I’ve never met before where there is no way our paths would have crossed,” Beran said. “When I hand them that $100 bill, or whatever that prize is, I get to meet them face-to-face, and I take a lot of joy in that.”

The Wildlife Rescue Center provides natural and humane wildlife removal in St. Louis, Little Rock, Arkansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Reno, Nevada. They specialize in the humane removal of animal like squirrels, raccoons, rats, snakes, groundhogs, bats, anddead animals from human habitats.

For more information on the center or to register a team by June 15 at 11:59 p.m., visit buywcc.com/contest/.

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