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How does the bounty system work?

This is a really weird case but I wonder what happens if the bounty expires and there are multiple answers with same highest number of votes? (e.g., 2 answers with 8 up votes). How does the system decide which answer to give the half of the bounty?

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marked as duplicate by kiamlaluno, Michael Mrozek, Pops, Lance Roberts, mmyers Jul 27 '11 at 20:57

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The oldest answer is awarded the bounty.

From the How does the bounty system work? FAQ:

Twenty-four hours after the end of the bounty period, if the bounty starter has not manually awarded the bounty, an eligible answer can be automatically awarded half the bounty amount. The criteria for an answer to be eligible for automatic awarding are as follows:

  • The answer must be given after the bounty was started
  • The answer must have a score of at least +2

If two or more eligible answers have the same score, the oldest answer is awarded the bounty.

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