The search is over.
The elusive Golden Football was returned to the Daily Journal on Wednesday morning by Ellerbe resident Susie Raines.
Raines said she participates in all of the golden treasure hunts, and after the fourth clue, she began putting the pieces together.
“Each time there’s a contest, I try to find whatever’s hidden,” Raines said on Wednesday. “The first clue was sort of generic — Monty said it wasn’t at the City Hall. The second one had something about a long form and taxing. I thought of a 1040, because I do taxes part-time during tax season. The next clue was the one about heading south of the Norman P.O., and I was thinking Ellerbe. So yesterday, I was thinking about 1040, and I associated that with an address … I looked through the phone book and came upon Millstone 4-H at 1040 Mallard Drive.
“I know a lot of people wouldn’t have associated it with 1040 because if you’re not familiar with taxes, you wouldn’t know. So I went when I got off work, thinking there would be a lot of people there, but there weren’t. I rode down and looked at the entrance and saw it beside a tree. It was hidden well — I saw the corner of the bag and there it was.”
Raines will receive $500 for discovering the Golden Football this year.
“I like to think I’m pretty smart and can write clues making it hard to find the Gold,” said Daily Journal Publisher Rick Bacon. “Susie has proved to everyone she’s a lot smarter than I am.”
“My boss told me I should be a detective,” Raines said with a laugh. “Normally it takes a few more clues, but it just clicked with 1040 … I enjoy when (the Daily Journal) does the seashells and the eggs. I like looking at the clues and figuring out what they mean. I haven’t won before this time. I’m glad I did.”
With the prize money, Raines said she plans on doing some early holiday shopping for her six grandchildren.
Only eight clues remained in the search for the Golden Football. They were:
• 90210 is coming back this fall to The CW network on TV.
But if it’s a golden football you’re seeking 28338’s the place to be.
• If you haven’t got your Health, you haven’t got a chance to find the wealth.
• If you use your Head and plan your search, the task will not be hard.
Bring home the gold and your family and friends will hold you in high regard.
• Finding the football will take lots of skill, and maybe just a little luck.
But the search will go well and the prize will be found hiding out near our favorite duck.
• You’ll never find the Golden Ball unless you decide to start.
Pack a lunch; get started now, this is not for the faint of Heart.
• Gather the family and gather the friends, this is a Hands-on job.
Do you search well; go find the gold, and all the others will sob.
• Clue #11 is very important. That’s the exit you must take. But don’t turn left
when you come to a stop. That would be a big mistake.
• Don’t let the millstone hung around your neck keep you from finding the loot.
Hop in your car and head on out to give that football the boot.
A second chance drawing will be held for $100, so residents are encouraged to fill out the ballot for their chance to be a winner. Look for the contest page in today’s paper.
During the search, the clues were published in the Daily Journal. Clues were also posted at participating businesses 24 hours before being published in the newspaper. These businesses include Murphy Chiropractic, Carolina Upholstery & Interior, First Choice Medical Group, Richmond County Memorial Park, Arnold Chiropractic Center, Norris Storage Buildings and Carports, Cascades Tissue Group, La Cabana Mexican Restaurant, Edwards Boutique and Richmond Kidz Academy.
— Staff Writer Mallory Brown can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.