McIntyre, 50, who works at an accounting software company, turned the egg into the newspaper office Monday for a $500 pre-paid debit card and a gift certificate for $250 in groceries, redeemable at the Edwards IGA in Rockingham.
After seeing Saturday’s clue - “This is the clue that could be the best. Be about your Business and head to the West,” McIntyre started racking his brain for public properties in the West Rockingham area.
The six clues lead up to the discovery were:
1. Where oh where, could I be... Look in the Journal’s coverage area and you’ll find me.
2. I hope that you can find me soon. It’s cold beneath the sun and moon.
3. If you go north in the county on the Golden Egg search, you'll stay empty handed and left in a lurch.
4. I now have learned to be less discreet. You’ll find me hidden near the county seat.
5. I’m not on the square, or down at the lake, and none of my clues are phony or fake.
6. This is the clue that could be the best. Be about your Business and head to the west.
After one false start Saturday, McIntyre got on the Internet and began keyword searching for what his instinct told him: “Richmond County Industrial Park West.”
After finding a link to Rockingham Industrial Park West, he figured that couldn’t be a coincidence and went to MapQuest for directions. That got him to Enterprise Drive; after driving up and down the road a few times, stopping at starting at every hint of gold that he saw. He went to the end of the dead end road and stopped, facing a dirt embankment.
“I said ‘I’m at the end of the road,’” said McIntyre. “That wasn’t one of the clues, but it sure sounded like a clue to me. That phrase just popped into my head, and it sort of had a ring to it. He went past the stop signs and looked down the embankment, searching for a while before he saw a hint of gold and went for it. The egg was his.
He plans to use the $500 cash to pay his income taxes. He also gets $250 in free groceries from Edwards IGA in Rockingham.
“As far as food, I’ll eat it,” he said.
If the egg had not been found, here are the other clues that were in store.
7. You’re searching for gold, you’re not on a lark. Start to slow down when you heard the dogs bark. (The road to the industrial park is near the Richmond County Humane Society shelter.)
8. You must turn to the right to get to me, and then to the left as you will soon see. (That deals with directions, turning off U.S. 74).
9. You’re looking for gold out past the glass, on a highway of silver... now that has some class. (The clues are in reference to a glass company nearby and Silver Grove Church Road.)
10. Kirk & Spock traveled aboard the same ship. So hit warp speed and give the Klingons the slip. (A reference to Enterprise Drive).
11. I’m a Golden Egg, you know that well, I’m not a turtle but I’m hid near the shell. (A reference to the shell building being built at the industrial park.)
12. The three red signs say you must stop, but to get the gold egg, you’ll really need to hop. (The egg was down an embankment.)
Even though the egg has been found, you still can be a winner.
A second-chance drawing will be held on April 13 for a $100 consolation prize. Fill out the coupon in today’s paper with your name address phone number and e-mail address and take it to any of the participating merchants or to the Daily Journal office. Only original entry blanks cut from the newspaper are allowed. No copies of the form will be allowed.