The vending machine code has long been a lucrative source of information for the FBI, but now it is worth millions of dollars.
A new auction is set to begin in January, with the winner receiving up to $2.5 million.
The code, which dates to the late 1990s, is unique in that it contains information on almost every item in the country’s vending machine system, from the dispensers that dispense cigarettes to the dispenser containers that contain the ingredients that make up their own, often expensive, snacks.
The codes are still used by vending machines across the country, but they were not widely known until the auction of the items was announced.
The FBI used the information it received from the auction to identify and identify key vendors, the agency said in a statement.
“This is an extremely important time to collect and disseminate this valuable information,” FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Mark Ewing said in the statement.
“We have had over 100 people submit bids over the past several weeks, and we are very happy to be able to award a final bid of $2,500 to the person who identified the vendor most efficiently.”
The winning bidder will be awarded the code on February 17.
The auction will include over 200 pieces of the code, with prices ranging from $2 to $4,000.
Some items were sold for over $1 million, with some items being worth as much as $50,000 apiece.