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Mystery Woman Pays It Forward, Hides Cash Around Erie County

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ERIE- You can call it a county-wide scavenger hunt. It starts with a white-envelop, labeled "Congratulations." Inside of it, gift cards, tickets, even cold hard cash. What's the catch? Well, there is none. The only thing separating you from the loot is a clue posted on the Twitter and Facebook page: @ErieHiddenMoney.

If you think hard enough, it should guide you to a destination in the Greater Erie area.

Alyssa Carpenter, a hard-working mother of two, found one a few weeks ago. Her clue was: ‘It’s a ‘hands on experience.’

So she went to the Facebook page and the other clue was ‘It’s 20 years old.’

“I was like, oh that's the Erie Children's Museum," Carpenter says.

Carpenter went to investigate and there it was--she earned herself $25 gift card.

If you think finding the money is easy, think again. Past clues have had people searching through the crevices at Frontier Park, scrounging for clues at the art museum, even the parking lot of the Peach Street Panera Bread.

Behind it all is a woman, in her 40's, who works as a Health care professional. She says she wants to remain anonymous solely for the satisfaction of paying it forward. It's a notion Bob Sonnenberg says you don't come across very often.

"Every little bit is not really a little bit, it’s quite a lot," Sonnenburg says.

The gift of giving is catching on. The mystery woman says it’s inspiring others to give back.

"I actually plan on matching that gas card and I'm just going to hand it to a random person at the Country Fair when I purchase it," Carpenter says.

"It’s my way of paying it forward."
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