The reason will surprise you.
Did you know that more than 55 million Americans enter some form of sweepstake or contest a year? These promotions net around $2.8 billion for the companies that host them. Not bad!
This brings us to American lottery law. A lottery has three components, a chance winner, a prize, and the exchange of something to enter the lottery.
But since only state governments can run lotteries, in order for businesses to run a lottery, they need to eliminate one of these components. The majority do this by eliminating the entry fee.
They achieve this by attaching their sweepstakes to the purchase of a product. This is a great loophole for Americans, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work for Canadians. Why?
Well, the answer is a complicated one having to do with a Canadian law that prohibits “disposing of any property by lots, cards, tickets, or any mode of chance.”
Theoretically, this means no lotteries or sweepstakes for the Great White North. So, how come both still exist in Canada? Could it have something to do with the math question Canadian lottery winners must answer?
YouTuber Half as Interesting answers all these questions in this video and more, taking us on a tour of the complex Canadian lottery system.
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