We buy so many things daily which offer you prizes, such as Lays crisps.

Lays promtion

For example, I might buy a biscuit, which promotes offers like: if you find a paper with a code inside your biscuit packet, you will win $1000

If I find the paper inside and win a prize, and I don't give money for prize and earn them, is it interest? Are these prizes halal or haram?

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    Do you mean that you like buy candy boxes, which promotes offers like; "if you find a paper with a code inside your candy box, you will win 10 000 Dollar"? Are we talking about buying 100 candy boxes or like 1 - 2, in order to enjoy the candy and ALSO as a bonus, win?
    – Kilise
    Commented Jul 23, 2017 at 17:44
  • @Kilise If you remove your second question , it is perfect.
    – sudias
    Commented Jul 23, 2017 at 17:53
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    Okay! But just to make it clear, when buying these candy boxes, is the intention to eat candy (1), or to win (2) ? or both (3)?
    – Kilise
    Commented Jul 23, 2017 at 17:56
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    In order to answer we still need to know the intention of the purchase. As I asked in the above comment.
    – Kilise
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 9:52
  • @Kilise both...
    – sudias
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 10:10

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Gambling is haram, so the question is: Is this gambling? Ordinarily, the answer is no.

The key distinction is the lack of entry fee, without which scholars consider it halal:

... if entry into the prize-draw is free and no money is demanded, then that would not constitute gambling, hence permitted.
Darul Iftaa

If a sweepstakes is merely promotional where no purchase is necessary, then it is like a prize or award that the business volunteers to advertise its products and to attract more customers. Such sweepstakes are permissible in Islam.

Islam Q&A say that there is nothing wrong with that provided (a) the price is not raised for the competition and (b) the purchaser does not buy the product solely for the sake of entering the competition.

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