The Daily Times Easter egg hunt has come to a close.
Mother-daughter duo Ellie Payne and Tammy Wilburn found the egg under the bridge in Earl Thomas Conley park, winning the thousand dollar prize.
The two said they spent two hours looking for the egg, before coming to the realization that it was in Earl Thomas Conley park.
“We puzzled the clues together and realized it was definitely in a park, we looked at Alexandria Point park and then went down to York park and then over to Tracy Park,” said mother, Ellie Payne. “It’s a wild story and I know it’s going to sound crazy, but I had a vision. We were looking and the bridge at Earl Thomas Conley park just came right into my mind.”
The two promptly took the trip to the West side and Payne’s intuition was correct, the egg was exactly where she had envisioned it to be.
“I decided to use the money to help my mom make repairs on her roof,” said daughter, Tammy Wilburn. “She needs a new roof and this will go towards that.”
For those interested, here are the clues and their meanings.
Clue one: It’s black and white
Clue two: I am red all over
Clues one and two make up the joke, “what’s black and white and red all over?” A play on “read,” in reference to newspapers. Clue number two, also makes a reference to the color of the egg, red.
Clue three: Fish & chips. Fish mongers would wrap fish in newspapers. Later, fish and chips were originally served in newspaper in London. The egg was also wrapped in newspaper.
Clue four: The grass around me is not blue. The egg was not in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky.
Clue five: Leave no stone unturned. The egg was placed under a rock.
Clue six: Three Billy Goats Gruff. In the children’s tale, the goats lived under a bridge.
Clue seven: Over the river, another bridge reference.
Clue eight: You can park near, suggesting the egg was in a park.
Clue nine: There is no “O” in Kentucky, there is no egg either, again, reminding hunters that the egg was not in Kentucky.
Clue ten: If you travel from Charleston, South Carolina to Portal, North Dakota, you will go right past it. These are the points where US 52 begins and ends, and passes by near where the egg was hidden.
The Daily Times congratulates the pair on their find.
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