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Hunter Prater and Kristin Nugent will get a share of the $500 prize for the egg found by Prater and Kristin's mother, Sonya Nugent.
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Hunter Prater and Kristin Nugent will get a share of the $500 prize for the egg found by Prater and Kristin's mother, Sonya Nugent.

1 Daily egg down, $500 to go

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com 340-2395

Water slides and a walking trail.

That's what drew Sonya Nugent and Hunter Prater to search Point Mallard Park and find the first prize in The Daily's Easter egg hunt.

They found the green egg worth $500 tucked between tree roots among a clump of trees. The secret spot was along the paved walking path across from the entrance to the batting cages and driving range.

"I was shaking I was so excited when I found it," Nugent said.

Prater, her 12-year-old partner, said she was screaming so much, he couldn't understand a word she was trying to say. Both said it was the first big prize they had ever won.

The duo had searched Wilson Morgan Park for about an hour earlier Friday morning, but Nugent said she felt drawn to Point Mallard's water slides because of clue No. 7:

"There's a place where kids will climb so high, just to slide back down. And maybe they'll go spinning, round and round and round."

She also thought it would be near a walking trail of because of clue No. 11:

"The egg, not far from water, may be found by a walker."

Prater said clue No. 14, which came out Friday, was the last piece of the puzzle because it told them to look in nooks and crannies at the base of a tree.

Nugent and Prater will share the prize with Nugent's daughter, Kristen, and Prater's cousin, Chris Smith, who had helped them search last weekend for about five hours. Each will get $125.

Nugent said she would donate her money to her mother's church, in recognition of her mother's battle with cancer.

Prater said he's giving $25 to Danville Baptist Church in thanks for God's help in finding the egg, while Kristen Nugent, 10, said she will give $25 for the St. Jude Children's Hospital because it helps children like herself.

Both youths said they would spend the rest of their prize money on Heelys, shoes that have wheels in the heels.

The Daily has hidden a second egg, also worth $500, and the first clue will appear in today's classified section. The contest ends in two weeks or when the second egg is found.

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