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Free Cash Mississippi drops two cash envelopes in Hattiesburg

John Belcher's children Anthony and Julianne spent their free cash on ice cream John Belcher's children Anthony and Julianne spent their free cash on ice cream
Michelle Smith's children donated their prize to Homes for Hope charity. Michelle Smith's children donated their prize to Homes for Hope charity.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Free Cash Mississippi dropped two hidden envelopes of cash in Hattiesburg on Monday, sending residents on a wild goose chase on the USM campus as well as the downtown area. 

Free Cash Mississippi is a twitter handle that hides money in envelopes for residents to find. The handle aids the public by tweeting out different clues leading residents to the location of the money.

Free Cash Mississippi made headlines when envelopes of cash were being found around the Jackson area. 

The twitter handle tweeted out different clues to the Pine Belt Monday to aid in their search.

The organization tweeted out their first clue at 12:00 p.m., saying "Hey Hattiesburg, you ready?? To find the $ you'll need to find this... Beef, beanless chili, yellow mustard, white onion #freecashms."

The winner, John Belcher, found the envelope at Coney Island Cafe and tweeted WDAM a photo treating his children to ice cream with the money. 

The second cash drop on USM's campus sent Pine Belt residents on a harder search. 

The second clue said, "Southern Miss students... Keeps your eyes open... The cash is out! #SMTTT #freecashms"

The organization tweeted out a third clue at 1:42 p.m. "Many of you seem warm but you'll have to stay in the heat to find this one. #SMTTT #freecashms"   

After residents found no luck, the organization sent out a final clue saying, "Y'all are so warm...Cook Library, check. Outside, check. You have to look...It's not going to find you! #SMTTT."

Not long after the third clue, a mother and two daughters found the envelope containing $100 outside the Cook Library. Michelle Smith, the mother, and her two daughters tweeted out a picture saying they were going to give their winnings to the charity Hopes for Houses.  

The owner of the Twitter handle denied an interview with WDAM, but did send a written statement. 

"I'm just a normal guy...hoping people will have some fun and use the money to brighten someone else's day."

Free Cash Mississippi can be found on Twitter at @FreeCashMS.

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