When the story says Class A drugs, it doesn’t mean stuff like a little bit of grass. We’re talking about the hard stuff, the dangerous stuff. The “Breaking Bad” kind of stuff, and the kind of thing that needs to be illegal or a lot of people are going to get hurt.
It’s a little amazing that a country could somehow have a loophole when it comes to the sale, possession, or use of such dangerous substances, but laws can get complicated. That’s why there are lawyers. Maybe the lawyers are the ones that put the loophole in – there are plenty of tropes out there about high-powered lawyers and the things they can get up to when they aren’t at work. Or even when they are!
An extra quarter for every dollar you put in isn’t a lot to most people – it’s just twenty-five cents – but work at it enough and you could end up racking up a pocketful of cash. It might be enough to buy a comic book or some candy or something like that, but once the machine runs out of money then you’re stuck with that amount.
Or someone might fix the machine, and then what? Now you just have a bunch of quarters. Of course, this person only took advantage a few times – most likely stopped by the number of dollar bills in his or her possession. But if you could multiply your money by twenty-five percent, tax-free, you might take the chance, too.
Making Bank with McDonald's
Now here’s a loophole to be proud of. All this guy had to do was send McDonald's some letters and get free Monopoly game pieces. He didn’t even care about the pieces themselves, he just wanted the Best Buy bux that came with them. Back in the middle of the naughts, Apple iPods were one of the hottest pieces of tech around – remember, this was before Smartphones.
If you had enough of them and were able to resell them at slightly under market value, you could make a ton of cash, which is exactly what this guy turned to. Making seventeen thousand dollars from something like this is incredible – that’s serious cash. Stick it in a savings account for a few years and you’ll have even more, or get a new car or pay off a school loan or something. There are seventeen thousand possibilities.
Stay in School, Kids
If the above explanation turned into a confusing mash of numbers and symbols, here’s how it went: Once the jackpot got big enough, a number of smaller prizes were made available to shrink the jackpot, known as the roll-down. Get enough tickets, and your chance of getting any prize goes up – get a certain number, and the law of averages says you’ll earn a certain amount per ticket.
Just get the proper number of tickets to maximize how much you earn per ticket, and suddenly you’re making a good bit of cash. It’s not much of a loophole, more like an intense study of the numbers and theory behind the lottery, but it still meant these people earned some quick cash without having to worry too much.
Fine Print Made Finer
There are lots of stories about someone doing this sort of thing – someone receiving an offer, changing a detail here or there, and then going about his day knowing that he had pulled one over on the man. This one ended up working in his favor, since the judge said that the company should have checked to make sure everything was still copacetic, but we wouldn’t recommend trying to do this nowadays.
There are laws now in place that basically say if you do this you’re not operating in good faith, and the agreement can be thrown out. Or, the people who write the agreements know to add details saying if you change something without authorization, you can be sued.