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Grab your shovel. There’s treasure to be found.

A Michigan jeweler and treasure hunt enthusiast is launching a contest, which could lead you to find his $1 million stash of buried gems, valuable coins and precious metals.

Johnny Perri, owner of J&M Jewelers in Washington Township, Michigan, which is about 50 miles north of Detroit, has decided to close his business after 23 years. But instead of easing into a retirement he said was forced by the coronavirus pandemic that battered his business, Perri is having the time of his life – and betting you will too.

Inspired by legendary treasure hunter Forrest Fenn, whose $1 million gold chest was recently discovered in the Rocky Mountains after a decade-long search, Perri has hidden his treasure across Michigan and is challenging you to find it.

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Adventure awaits in Michigan

“We went through waterfalls, streams, we kayaked everywhere” to find the best hiding spots across Michigan, Perri said.

“I have buried thousands upon thousands of dollars of gold, silver, diamonds and antiques in various locations in Michigan from the bottom to the upper peninsula,” Perri said. “I want families to experience the adventure of a lifetime!”

Perri has planned a number of quests. Once hunters make a “donation” of $50 to secure their spot in a specific quest, they’ll receive clues to that site. Access is limited, and all ticket holders will receive clues on the same day. Sharing clues publicly or with non-ticket holders is against the rules of the treasure hunt and is grounds for disqualification.

“I had the time of my life hiding the treasure,” Perri said. “but [I’m] even more excited about hearing the stories of those who are about to venture out to seek it.”

The first quest begins Saturday, August 1, in Oakland County, Michigan. Hidden are two 100-ounce bars of .999-pure silver worth about $4,200.

For more information on the treasure hunt go to Johnny’s Treasure Quest

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