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  • 22 June 2014, 6:44

Hidden Cash Bonanza For Lucky London Punters

A number of lucky Londoners are feeling flush after taking part in a real-life treasure hunt and finding envelopes stuffed full of cash.

The bonanza came to the capital courtesy of American millionaire Jason Bunzi who hit the headlines in the US by hiding tens of thousands of dollars and tweeting cryptic clues to help people find the money.

The property investor stashed 20 envelopes each containing around £100 at a secret location in London and left clues on the @HiddenCash Twitter account to guide would be treasure-hunters to the loot.

In an exclusive clue for Sky News, the 43-year-old told Sky's Colin Brazier: "The clue is: 'A popular children's story takes place here'."

The other clue was: "Large space where green meets blue. Saturday neither early nor late."

This was followed by: "An unincorporated community in Northern California shares its name with our London drop spot."

And the key to the puzzle was the bronze statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, next to Hyde Park.

One of those to crack the clues and find a prize was Jane Fletcher, who tweeted: "Felt like I'd found Willy Wonkas golden ticket! Will pay it forward :) Thanks :)"

Amy Edwards found her envelope "round the corner from, the Peter Pan statue".

And Adam Mills said he was going to donate his find to charity.

Later on Saturday, @HiddenCash tweeted: "London - all we know for sure is most have been found. Thanks for playing and keeping it friendly and fun. More in UK soon!"

Mr Buzi, who made his fortune buying and reselling homes, said he was also considering whether to expand the game to the rest of the UK, as well as Paris and Madrid.

In the US there have also been hunts in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Houston.

Mr Buzi, who claims to be among America's richest 1%, has been accused of turning charity into a social media competition.

But he says he is just trying to redistribute some of his millions to those less fortunate than himself.

Mr Buzi also describes HiddenCash as a way of bringing people together to have fun and put a smile on their faces.

:: At around 9.50am Sky News will be speaking to Samantha Wilson, one of the lucky winners.