Prize Money is a creepy riddle about a contest to win a thousand dollars. The only problem is what happens if you win the contest. Think about this one for a little while. If you can’t solve it, scroll down and read the comments for the answer to the riddle.
A young boy was at the carnival. He was walking past a kiosk where an old man was sitting.
“Do you want to play a game?” the old man said to him.
The young boy was intrigued. “What kind of game?” he asked.
“It’s a very simple game.” said the old man. “I will tell you the rules. I have ten large metal boxes. Inside one of the boxes is the prize money. One thousand dollars.”
“A thousand bucks, huh?” asked the boy. “What’s the catch?”
“The boxes are sturdy and strong,” said the old man. “Much too strong to be opened with your bare hands. They are also airtight and cannot be damaged by a hammer, an axe or even a chainsaw.”
“So they’re impossible to open?” said the boy.
“Not impossible.” said the man. “I have a blowtorch which can be used to open the boxes.”
“Is there a time limit?” asked the boy.
“You can take as much time as you want.” said the old man. “When you find the prize money, it’s all yours. So, do you want to play the game?”
“Well, I don’t how I could possibly lose,” said the boy. “OK. I’ll play your game.”
The old man smiled. “I’ll make it very easy for you”, he said. “There are ten metal boxes, but if you give me five dollars, I will start you right next to the prize money.”
The boy happily took out his wallet and handed a crisp five dollar note to the old man. There was a mischievous grin on the old man’s face.
The game started.
The prize money was right in front of the boy. He could see it. He could touch it.
Even though he won the game, the boy was never able to spend the money.
He died shortly after he won the game.
How did the boy die?