Just about any sweepstakes that you might win in Canada requires you to answer a math problem before you can claim your prize. The math problem is generally a simple three or four-part question involving whole numbers and just the basics of subtraction, addition, multiplication, and division.
Abdul-Baki, winner of an Xbox-360 and Ontario resident, was therefore not surprised to find that he had a math problem to figure out before he could claim his prize. The 17-year-old had to figure out what the answer to: multiply 90 by 2, divide by 6 and multiply by 12. The answer to his question was, of course, 360 just like and Xbox-360.
Even though Abdul-Baki was very capable of solving the problem with ease, he still checked his answer with some friends to make sure he didn’t make any mistake and lose his prize. The reason this test is always included is because of Canadian law regarding promotions and sweepstakes.
It is illegal in Canada to sell “chances” to win a prize. For this reason, businesses will require the winner to answer a math question, because then it is not merely a sweepstake of chance, but a competition of some skill.