Chipotle's Giving Out Free Burritos & $100,000 in Prizes on National Burrito Day

All you need to understand is that there might be a free burrito at the end of this game.

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For National Burrito Day on April 1, Chipotle picked a promotion that is likely to confuse some burrito lovers who assume this is an April Fool's Day joke. On one level, there are free burritos. On another, if you don't know the story of Stefan Thomas, an investor who lost the password to his Bitcoin fortune, there's a steep learning curve to understand what the hell is going on here.

On the burrito-heavy holiday, Chipotle will give away $100,000 in free burritos and $100,000 in Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency you know from either the significant environmental concerns it raises or that dude down the street who only talks about Bitcoin. Chipotle has partnered with Thomas for a  "Burritos or Bitcoin" game based on his loss of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin. (Short version: Thomas lost the password to the hard drive where his Bitcoin was stored. It allowed him ten tries to crack the password. If he gets it wrong ten times, the hard drive -- and his money -- will get wiped. He's used eight of those tries and says he's "made peace" with the probability that he'll never get it back.)

You can give the game a go on April 1 from 9 am to 6 pm. In "Burritos or Bitcoins," you try to guess Chiptole's lost "chioptocurrency" password. You get ten tries to guess a six-digit passcode, and your guess might earn you a free burrito or actual Bitcoin. The burrito slingers will give a free burrito to 10,000 people, $500 in Bitcoin to 50 people, and $25,000 in Bitcoin to three people. 

It might be a weird promotion for a burrito chain, but if you look past the strangeness of it all, you're basically getting a decent shot at a free burrito for doing next to nothing. That's not a bad situation on a day built for burritos.

Want More Food Deals?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza dealsreward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery offers, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow Dustin Nelson on Twitter.
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