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Prize Money

Prize Money

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.

Prize Money

Prize Money

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?

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  • 2 theories: the boy was placed RIGHT in front of the money….INSIDE THE BOX….so, he suffocated to death…. or the next player blowtorched the box and the boy died of intense heat….

  • *ahem* Hey, SFK, if I’m not wrong I have 2 possible answers! Please review, and tell me if I’m right! Thanks! :)
    1. He was locked in an AIRTIGHT box, meaning he suffocated.
    2.(*This one I am thinking, is the right one, but, the other is a possibility*) Since the blowtorch can get to a heat high enough to melt through the box, it exploded and killed him, or he was too close and caught on fire then he died. And sinse the old man asked for $5, I think he is building up money for himself. Please tell me if I am correct! Thanks!

  • @vampirehunterKD you are actually wrong. Winning the game doesn’t mean you get out of the box. It means you find the prize money. So, he got the thousand dollars (or whatever the amount was) but died from suffocation.

  • from reading all the stories on this website, it seems old people can get away with crimes easier ( could be a statistical fact)

  • this needs to be elucidated… in other words he killed a boy for his £3.46 (5 dollars) when he had thousands of pounds.. essentially every time he finds a ‘victim’ he adds that 5 dollars to his stash of thousands of pounds, a very strange way to gather ‘earnings’ but it still works i guess..

  • but the only thing confuse me… Is “he died shortly after winning the game.” …. Cos winning the game = getting out of box

  • Right NEXT to the money he is inside the box!!!! Did I get it i did not look at answer

  • The old man put the little boy in the airtight box with the money, so the boy suffocated.
    But wait…If he paid five dollars to be with the money, that means he doesn’t get a million bucks – he only gets $999,995.00!!! He got CHEATED!

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