Win a golden ticket and a candy factory? Jelly Belly founder has Gold Ticket treasure hunt but be prepared to pay

Kelly Tyko
David Klein, who calls himself "a real-life Candyman" and the founder of Jelly Belly jelly beans.

David Klein, who calls himself "a real-life Candyman" and the founder of Jelly Belly jelly beans, plans to host a series of scavenger hunts with Gold Tickets and a Willy Wonka-like premise – a chance to win the key to a candy factory.

To enter, be prepared to pay $49.98 for a spot in a state hunt where Klein and "his partner have started going across the USA hiding gold style tickets in the form of necklaces," according to a news release posted under the business name Tricky Treasures, which is described as "an interactive treasure hunting experience in North America." 

Registration has begun at and each state hunt is limited to 1,000 participants. The California hunt is sold out, according to posts in a growing Facebook group associated with Klein and Gold Ticket and the contest's YouTube channel.