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Why do contests always have a (math) skill testing question?

why do you always need to answer a math skill testing question to win a contest? :eek:
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I'm also curious about this
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It's kind of a legal loophole because besides the lottery corporations no one else can really run a "lottery". However for things like Tim Hortons' roll up the rim, I have never been asked to do a skill testing question, however I recall doing so for McDonald's in the past.
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There is a law that says "special" people can not enter contests, unless it is the special olympics. That is why phelps lost his gold, he did not answer the skill testing question correctly.

Same reason why they stripped the medal from the snowboarder for smoking weed, he answered every skill testing question with "chips and dip"
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toalan wrote:
Nov 11th, 2010 2:46 am
There is a law that says "special" people can not enter contests, unless it is the special olympics. That is why phelps lost his gold, he did not answer the skill testing question correctly.

Stephen Hawking is special and he could answer the skill testing question.
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Here's your anwser I think...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skill_testing_question

The combined effect of Sections 197 to 206 of the Criminal Code of Canada bans for-profit gaming or betting, with exceptions made for provincial lotteries, licensed casinos, and charity events. Many stores, radio stations, and other groups still wish to hold contests to encourage more purchases or increase consumer interest. These organizations take advantage of the fact that the law does allow prizes to be given for games of skill, or mixed games of skill and chance. In order to make the chance-based contests legal, such games generally consist of a mathematical STQ.

The Promotional Contest Provision of the Competition Act also states that prizes are to be distributed "on the basis of skill or on a random basis[1]."
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Whenever there's something screwy or totally fu, you'll usually find govt behind it. This is no exception.
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I remember winning some fries at Burger King, and the question was 'where are you eating lunch today?'.
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Ottomaddox wrote:
Nov 11th, 2010 6:28 pm
I remember winning some fries at Burger King, and the question was 'where are you eating lunch today?'.

LOL
What did you answer.
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The bigger question is how come sometimes the correct answer is not the one you get if you do BEDMAS. Also how in most of the rules I have read it says before being awarded a prize you must be prepared to a unmechanicallly aided math question. A) How would they know if you are not geting mechanic help and b) a large portion of contests of prizes value over $ 50 I have never had to answer any type of skill testing question.
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williamsauga wrote:
Nov 12th, 2010 5:29 pm
to filter all the asians

That makes no sense.
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williamsauga wrote:
Nov 12th, 2010 5:29 pm
to filter out the caucasians

Fixed
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its the law.. you cant just "win" someone.. there has to be "skill" involved.. or you have to do something..
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