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This bodega is giving away free food to people who solve math problems

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At Lucky Candy, a deli in the Bronx, customers are in for a lucky treat—as long as they can solve a math equation. 

About two weeks ago, one of the cashiers on premise, Ahmed Alwan, invented a game that's since gone viral: if shoppers correctly answer his math questions, they have five seconds to grab anything in the store—for free.

The 20-year-old pharmacy student told CNN that he came up with the gimmick to primarily help "low-income community members" and that he himself ends up paying for whatever the winners grab.

He recently launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the game as well ($4,000 and counting!).

As for the difficulty level of the questions posed, worry not: Alwan has asked queries the likes of "What's 9 times 9 minus 5?" and "What's 5 times 5?"

Check out some of the Instagram videos that Alwan has posted in connection to his game:

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He could not believe its free 🤣🤣🤣 is that really what he came for?? @worldstar #explorepage #memes #funny

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Early Valentine special 😂 she was so happy ❤️@worldstar @theellenshow

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In addition to the slew of media attention and praise that Alwan has received since first publishing his videos on TikTok, the cashier has amassed a hefty social media following: In a mere two weeks, he's gained 24,000 Instagram followers and 421,000 TikTok fans. All well deserved, if you ask us.

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