Edmonton man 100K richer after becoming the one to locate chest full of gold and silver in treasure hunt

An Edmonton man is a whole lot richer after completing the second instalment of a citywide treasure hunt this summer.

Nathaniel Williamson, 23, received $100,000 in gold and silver coins along with a motorcycle valued at $5,000 during a presentation at Dawson Park Tuesday.

“It’s something out of a dream,” said Williamson. “It’s was one of those moments where you’re just like ‘oh my God’ you put in so much work and effort.”

The real-life treasure hunt was launched in late July by GoldHunt, an Edmonton-born business that sold maps for roughly $50 a pop. Hunters also had the option to spend additional money to gain more clues. The hunt officially ended at 8:28 p.m. Monday when Williamson found the treasure.

Wiliamson couldn’t say where he found it but said he spent all of his free time since the beginning of August searching for the treasure. Now that he’s received his prize, he said he’s hoping to take a trip and invest his earnings in the stock market.

GoldHunt spokesman Chris Cromwell also wouldn’t say where the treasure was found, only confirming it was found within the playable area inside the Anthony Henday Drive boundary. He said that information wouldn’t be released until an ongoing hunt in Vancouver is completed.

Cromwell couldn’t say how many people joined the hunt or how much money Edmontonians spent searching for the treasure.

The hunt came under scrutiny earlier this month after GoldHunt updated its terms and conditions part way through the competition. Cromwell said that update was done to allow them to expand into the United States.

“They weren’t necessarily adjustments that affected the hunt at all in any way, but when people hear there was a change to the terms and conditions I think they get worried about it, but it didn’t affect the hunt at all,” said Cromwell.

Cromwell said the changes were made to satisfy laws in Texas.

A Sherwood Park family won the first Edmonton instalment of the hunt at the beginning of June.