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'I love winning': Halifax friends have barrel of fun while scoring liquid gold, trip south of border

Halifax residents Emily Pitts and Stan Selig found a hidden barrel of Jack Daniel's whiskey Tuesday at the Lower Deck as part of a global scavenger hunt.

Halifax residents Emily Pitts and Stan Selig won the Halifax portion of the Jack Daniel's global barrel scavenger hunt Tuesday, claiming a whole lot of whiskey and tickets to Tennessee for the company's 150th anniversary celebration.

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Halifax residents Emily Pitts and Stan Selig won the Halifax portion of the Jack Daniel's global barrel scavenger hunt Tuesday, claiming a whole lot of whiskey and tickets to Tennessee for the company's 150th anniversary celebration.

The race for a secret stash of whiskey was over mere moments after it began thanks to two crafty Haligonians.

“Oh my god, I love winning,” Emily Pitts shouted, while standing in front of her new Jack Daniel’s barrel and free tickets to Lynchburg, Tenn., for the whiskey company’s 150th anniversary bash this October.

Pitts and friend Stan Selig were up early Tuesday morning, with no plans on heading in to work. On this particular morning, they decided to play hooky in search of Tennessee whiskey wisdom.

Halifax was the latest stop in Jack Daniel’s worldwide scavenger hunt. Pitts and Selig found the fifth barrel, with the first four uncovered in Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Lynchburg.

There are 150 barrels total -- one for each year -- hidden in 50 countries, with 10 hidden across Canada.

The global barrel scavenger hunt across 50 countries is set to unfold in just 90 days, with the Canadian portion finishing in Vancouver on Sept. 15.

The first clue to the Halifax barrel’s location was posted online at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Less than 15 minutes after the clue was posted at www.jackdanielsbarrelhunt.com, Selig came sprinting through the doors of the Lower Deck in Historic Properties, earning him not only the prize but also the glory of the fastest discovery time of the contest so far.

“I just kept putting my hand on it and saying the password ‘Registered,’ but no one seemed to know what I was talking about,” he told the crowd gathered around him in the basement of Lower Deck, located in the heart of downtown Halifax.

Organizers were shocked at how quickly the two solved the puzzle.

“We were expecting people to start showing up around 2 p.m. this afternoon; this is amazing how fast they got here,” Jack Daniel’s spokesman Bernie Yeung said later Tuesday.

However, for Selig and Pitts, there was no question they’d be victorious, as they are constantly honing their ruthless puzzle solving skills.

“We play board games together, we play dodgeball, we go to trivia and then on Sunday nights we watch Game of Thrones,” said Selig, as the two shared a laugh.

It’s a long way off until October and their trip down to Lynchburg, but Selig said they’ll have no problem remaining friends until then.

“When we play board games, the first thing we do is make a friendship pact. At the end of the game you can hate the player but you can’t hate the person, so friendship pact until October.”