Bria and her family members have searched for the treasure annually for two decades and they found it at about 1:30 p.m. in one of the first places she always checks — behind the newspaper rack in front of Patterson Family Pharmacy. As a result of their success, they will share the $200 prize.
“It was funny — everyone downtown was looking at us jumping up and down,” Bria said following their find.
Bria was searching with her 16-year-old son Billy Bria and her grandchildren Jewels White, 8, and Brandon Greunke, 3, when she advised Jewels to reach behind the rack at El Circulo and South Del Puerto Avenue. Jewels grasped a hold of something duct-taped there, but was not sure whether it should be removed.
“Everybody was yelling, ‘Rip it!’” Jewels said with a smile.
She found a plastic bag containing a notice indicating they had found the treasure.
Bria was thrilled to find the treasure, noting that she had on occasion stayed out with her family until midnight while searching in past years.
While the contest victors had yet to determine exactly how they would spend their winnings, the vendors at Patterson’s upcoming downtown extravaganza on May 31 through June 2 are sure to benefit.
“I’ll probably spend it at the Apricot Fiesta,” Bria said.
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