Someone has just become very rich after playing a wonderful game of Where’s Wally (or Where’s Waldo as chances are they’re American) with a piece of artwork hiding 4.87 bitcoin.
The painting was first put on Twitter in April of 2015, but no winner was found until yesterday when the money was quietly removed from the hidden Bitcoin wallet.
The puzzle didn’t actually contain 4.87 physical bitcoins, but instead hid a hash number to an associated wallet. At the time of the artwork being created, a single bitcoin cost $240.57, making 4.87 bitcoin equated to around $1,170 – or £780. In 2015, that’s still a very generous prize pot for a puzzle painting. Now though, that same 4.87 bitcoin is worth a staggering $50,000, or £35,170.
It’s also worth noting that, because the Bitcoin wallet and puzzle were created before Bitcoin forked off into Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, the winner also snagged 4.87 bitcoin cash alongside their bitcoin. While Bitcoin Cash isn’t worth as much as Bitcoin, it still added an extra £4,000 to their winnings, securing them nearly £40,000 for solving a picture puzzle posted on Twitter three years ago.