By: Jordan,

“In your wildest dreams you can not imagine the marvelous SURPRISES that await YOU.”

Golden Tickets have been minted and stuffed inside a Dwolla Bar. These Golden Tickets, representing thousands of dollars, are being hidden by a hand-selected group of the nation’s brightest, boldest, and loudest. These are our Charlie Buckets, Augustus Gloops, and Violet Beauregardes.

Picture of a Dwolla Bar and Golden Ticket

Given strict instructions, they’re being asked to hide the ticket at SXSW or somewhere in NYC for YOU to find.


1.) Those given a Golden Ticket must hide the ticket, and are forbidden to privately tell friends or associates of its location.

2.) Those given a Golden Ticket must give at least one clue by posting a picture or Vine to Twitter, incorporating @goldenticket and #sxsw somewhere in the tweet.

3.) Those given a Golden Ticket must do all of the above before the ticket expires March 17th, 2013 at midnight.

Finders keepers:

Those lucky [or clever] enough to stumble upon a Golden Ticket will follow the instructions on the ticket and redeem the value stored inside. And no, you don’t have to have a Dwolla account to play.

In the end…

Unfortunately, not much else may be said at this point. We have a test to conduct and results to be analyzed. Further divulgence of any information would certainly skew the outcome, and we can’t have that now can we?

One more thing:

We want to give a quick thanks to our friends at BrandSquid, who helped create the amazing assets for the experiment; our friends at Hatchlings, who manifested a similar hack at the Old MacDonald Hackday; and our amazing developers and designers who fell in love with the idea and spent some extra-time on it.

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it; want to change the world… there’s nothing to it.”



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Financial institutions play an important role in the Dwolla network.

Dwolla, Inc. is an agent of Veridian Credit Union and Compass Bank and all funds associated with your account in the Dwolla network are held in pooled accounts at Veridian Credit Union and Compass Bank. These funds are not eligible for individual insurance, including FDIC insurance and may not be eligible for share insurance by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. Dwolla, Inc. is the operator of a software platform that communicates user instructions for funds transfers to Veridian Credit Union and Compass Bank.