EVERETT — Be on the lookout for 500 little green pigs.
The piggy banks with a bellyful of $20 in cash are finders keepers.
The plastic piggies are an annual treasure hunt promotion from Peoples Bank. The first batch was released Monday and will continue sowing through Aug. 1.
“We upped the number of pigs to give people more opportunity to win and share the wealth,” bank spokesperson Will Butela said.
This year’s pigs sport black glasses because the oinkers have poor eyesight. The bodies are green and translucent so you can see the green stuff inside.
The loot is four $5 bills so it’s easy to share and spend. A note encourages people to use it at a favorite local business.
Most pigs will be hidden within a mile of Peoples Bank’s 23 branch locations in six counties. In Snohomish County, branches are in Everett, Edmonds, Mill Creek and Snohomish. Island County banks are in Freeland, Coupeville and Oak Harbor.
“We give the branches a pig playbook with tips on where to hide the pigs,” Butela said.
Hint: Pigs tend to enjoy parks, picturesque views and people-watching. A few were found Monday sniffing out the goings on in downtown Everett near the Snohomish County Courthouse.
They are only about 6 inches from snout to tail, so watch where you step or sit.
Some pigs will be hidden in the stadium at an Everett AquaSox game.
Real-time clues about the location of the hidden pigs will be posted during the two-week promotion on the bank’s Twitter account, @peoplesbank_wa.
Uploading a picture with the pig at peoplesbank-wa.com/pigs earns finders a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize.
“We hope that you spend that locally as well,” Butela said.