The Daily Journal’s hidden Golden Egg has been found.
Jessica Graham of Hamlet has won $500 by finding the Golden Egg by accident.
Hidden by Daily Journal Publisher Rick Bacon, the Golden Egg was the subject of on-going clues printed in the newspaper to guide readers to the mystery location.
Graham said she found the Golden Egg during her morning walk; she was unaware of the contest.
“I was going out for a walk across from Big Rock,” said Graham. “I was walking and I saw something that looked shiny, like gold, so I thought, ‘Let me go a little further.’ It was in a plastic bag and I didn’t know what it was until I cracked it open.”
“I’m very happy for you,” said Bacon to Graham, as he shook her hand in the lobby of the Daily Journal where she brought the egg on Tuesday. “While I always hope the gold remains hidden ‘til the end, when it is located this early, everyone has a chance to win $100 in the second chance drawing.”
Graham didn’t use any of the first four printed clues to find the egg.
There were eight clues left to be printed. Clue five was “We thought it would be nice to go where peaches and strawberries abound. But we had to change our plans for the Egg when the buildings got torn down.”
Clue six was, “The Pee Dee River is a great spot to fish, camp, boat or just drink a beer. But if we hid the Egg out under the bridge, finding it would be too easy, we fear.”
Clue seven was, “Hoffman and Marston have lots of spots were we could hide the Egg. But we decided this time to work to the south, hurry up now; shake a leg.”
Clue eight was, “One of our favorite spots to hide the gold is on business 74. But we’ll Bypass that road this time and maybe for evermore.”
Clue nine was, “At City Lake you can make a toast to a ten-year Bengals star. Then head south on his namesake road, the Egg can’t be too far.”
Clue ten was, “You’re almost to the bypass. Is it time for you to make a turn? We advise you keep on going, so the Egg’s location you can learn.”
Clue eleven was, “When you hear the owl Hoot and the hound dog Holler be looking with all of your might. But you’ve turned too soon, so get back on the road to the Richmond Industrial site.”
Clue twelve was, “On Industry Road you can find lots of bags of grout. Down at the cul-de-sac is where the golden egg was thrown out.”
According to Bacon and Graham, the Golden Egg was found at Industry Road, off the Highway 74 bypass, across from Big Rock in a cul-de-sac behind rocks.
Because the Golden Egg was discovered before all the clues could run in the paper, the readers of the Daily Journal have another chance to win money. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays the paper will include a slip you can cut out and fill out with your name, address and phone number. You can mail the slip to the Daily Journal or bring it to the Daily Journal office at 105 E. Washington St., Rockingham, to enter a drawing for a chance to win $100.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.