An old farmer in serious financial trouble put an ad selling a cow for $500.
Another farmer went to see it and they agreed to deliver the cow the next day, paying in advance.
However, the next day the buyer came and old farmer said:
I’m sorry, but I have some bad news. The cow died.
“Well, then, give me my money back.”
I can’t. I’ve spent it all, I was in debt.
“I see, that’s fine give me the cow anyway.”
What? And what are you going to do with a dead cow?
“I’ll raffle it!”
You cannot raffle a dead cow!
“Sure I can! Only, I won’t tell anyone that the cow is dead…”
A month later, the two farmers met again and the one who sold the cow asked:
So what happened to the dead cow?
“I raffled her as I’ve told you. I’ve sold 500 tickets at 5 dollars each and made a profit of 2495 dollars.”
What? And nobody complained?
“Just the guy who won the raffle. I gave him back the 5 dollars…”