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Has Anyone Ever Won McDonald's Monopoly?

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It wouldn’t be a contest if there were no winners!

McDonald's Monopoly is played in 21 countries worldwide.

Every year, McDonald’s launches a worldwide sweepstakes based on the popular board game Monopoly, and it couldn’t be more fun to play. You get a game board, and with most McDonald’s purchases you receive “tokens” that can be pulled off and matched together with different properties in order to win cash and prizes. There are also “instant win” tokens that immediately award you McDonald’s food items. But has anyone actually won the major prizes? Not surprisingly, the answer is yes!

McDonald’s maintains a website that’s chock full of all the winners, including photos of those who have taken home the million-dollar jackpot over the years. They also list the first names and last initials of all the big winners dating back to 2003, including those who’ve won $10,000, cars, and the like. There are also some very cool facts, like “So many trips have been won, you could cover enough miles to reach the moon,” and “So many cars, you’d need a 5,600-square-foot garage.”

So don’t be afraid to try your luck; you might just win!

Where is the McDonald’s Monopoly winners list and how many prizes are left?

ALMOST five million McDonald's Monopoly prizes have been claimed - and the top £100,000 cash win is still up for grabs.

Customers have been sent into a frenzy as diners collect tokens in an attempt to win one of the 50million prizes in the annual hunt.

Prizes range from £100,000 cash, to cars, to free food - all you need to do is peel back the right sticker

But not all of the giveaways are claimed: last year only eight million of them were, and three out of four of the £100,000 cash prizes ever made it into the hands of customers.

The competition, which launched in March, is well underway and players only less than three weeks to find the winning tokens before it ends on April 30.

Prizes are going fast - here's what we know so far:

To wonder if anyone actually wins on McDonald's Monopoly?

It's all over my Facebook how McDonald's Monopoly has started, but every time I've ever had one during Monopoly season, zilch happens! I just wondered if anyone on here has actually succeeded at it, or if it's just a play for more customers?

Sounds like I'm the only one then!

A young lad I know won £500 I think it was, a few years back.

I've had a few free things over the years. a coffee, a porridge, a dessert. Never anything big though. I don't really understand it though tbh, nor do I go often enough to be able to collect multiple pieces in one promo (which I think is the point?)

I won £2000 a few years ago, and I've just one an ice cream cone.

I did! I won a £100 experience voucher a few years ago, and was really surprised. I assumed nobody actually won the bigger stuff.

They print very few tickets for the top prizes, if I remember it's single figures and the chances of any wjnneffog he top prize is miniscule.

I won a photo book last year

Won a Mcflurry,a hot drink and a photobook yesterday! (2 of us bought 2 meals)

How do you actually win the big things? Are they instant wins or do you have to collect so many?

Yes I won a speaker two years ago , friend won an Xbox five years ago.

I won a doughnut last time.

We've won fries and ice cream. Oh, got 50% off a Best Western Hotel so we went on an overnighter.

We won a few free apple pies, ice creams and cheeseburgers but never anything big

6 chicken nuggets this year. Well the teenager did but he works there so can’t claim it.

I've only ever won small prizes like a burger or an apple pie. Never known anyone to win the big prizes like a mini or whatever it is these days.
Now I'm craving a Big Mac!

Won a sundae last year, and used some of the codes on tickets to get a free nowtv pass

I used to work (briefly) for a company which seeded the McDonald's monopoly top prizes. Iirc we had the top items delivered to us, them drove to separate distribution warehouse and randomly put them into packaging containers destined to different areas. I think that year there were a couple of cars, X thousand pounds, etc. This was only done for the big prizes/ super rare tiles.

Theoretically in 2010 I could have told you which town and which item to buy in. I don't think the odds were great though.

Getting caught

Despite Jacobson's attempts to distance himself from the people who eventually claimed the winning game pieces, federal authorities eventually noticed a preponderance of McDonald's winners whose permanent residences were clustered in Georgia (where Jacobson lived) and Florida (where he had previously worked as a police officer for four years).

In March 2000, the FBI received a tip about William Fisher, a $1 million winner in 1996. Fisher was the father-in-law of the man Jacobson had met in the Atlanta airport. Even though Fisher drove to New Hampshire to claim his prize, federal authorities working with McDonald's easily found that he lived in Jacksonville, Florida. That was near a cluster of other big winners, including one family that claimed three separate $1 million prizes plus a Dodge Viper sports car, according to The Daily Beast. (Fisher would eventually be sentenced to roughly three years of probation and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution, according to court documents.)

When McDonald's launched yet another promotional game in 2001, the FBI was ready with wiretaps on recent suspicious winners as well as on Jacobson, who was a natural suspect as the head of security living near one of the clusters of winners.

The FBI arrested Jacobson and seven accomplices in August 2001, charging them all with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud as part of the sprawling scheme that had netted a total of more than $24 million worth of cash and prizes.

"This fraud scheme denied McDonald's customers a fair and equal chance of winning," then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said at the time at a press conference announcing the arrests.

The FBI continued to piece together Jacobson's huge network of accomplices and, eventually, more than 50 people in total were convicted of mail fraud and conspiracy.

Jacobson, who was 58 years old at the time of his arrest, was later sentenced in 2003 to serve 37 months in prison and pay more than $12.5 million in restitution. Glomb and three of Jacobson's other most prolific recruiters, including his nephew Mark Schwartz, were each sentenced to just over a year in prison.

While the government never revealed exactly how much money Jacobson reaped from the scheme, he reportedly said during his trial that he stole up to 60 winning game pieces and typically charged roughly $45,000 to $50,000 per sticker. At that rate, he easily could have netted upwards of $3 million.

The arrests caused something of a public backlash against the McDonald's promotional games once the restaurant's millions of customers realized that Jacobson's scheme had ensured that the games had produced hardly any legitimate winners for the better part of a decade. To make up for the previous stretch of tainted games, McDonald's announced a special $10 million instant cash giveaway, with that total split among 55 different winners who were chosen at random.

McDonald's also immediately cut ties with Simon Marketing and the two companies sued one another for breach of contract (with McDonald's eventually settling the matter out of court by paying Simon Marketing $16.6 million). Unable to recover from the fallout of the scandal, Simon Marketing announced plans to close shop and liquidate in 2002.

"McDonald's is committed to giving our customers a chance to win every dollar that has been stolen by this criminal ring," McDonald's then-CEO, Jack Greenberg, said in a statement at the time.


But what it does tell us is the maximum number of prizes that can be awarded for each prize type.

Using some fairly basic number-crunching, we can get a better picture of what our chances are of winning a shiny new car just by purchasing a Big Mac meal.

This year, McDonald's says 136,634,083 tickets will be distributed across the fastfood giant's restaurants, and lists the maximum number of prizes available.

While we have no way of determining whether or not this maximum is reached, we can still get a general idea of our chances of winning a prize by using these values.

McDonald's says there is a one-in-five chance of winning an instant prize, which could either be a food prize or a non-food prize.

To take part you need to buy certain McDonald's food items that include peel-off Monopoly tickets. Each ticket has three different possible outcomes: an 'Instant win', a 'Chance card' or a 'Collect to win'. Pictured is the Australian board


Chance of being hit by satellite debris - one in 21 trillion

Chance of being struck by lightening - one in 183 million

Chance of winning EuroMillions jackpot - one in 140 million

Chance of winning McDonald's monopoly - one in 136 million

Chance of being killed by random dog attack - one in 20 million

Chance of dying from flesh-eating bacteria - one in one million

Of course, 13.2 per cent plus 8.7 per cent gives a 21.9 per cent chance of winning an instant prize, on average, which roughly agrees with the one-in-five that McDonald's claims.

It's important not fall for the Gambler's Fallacy when trying to collect instant win tickets. Collecting five tickets does not mean that one of them will always be an instant win ticket.

McDonald's simply promises an average rate of an instant win, owing to the fact that about 20 per cent of physical tickets include a prize of some sort.

There are 3,415,852 'Chance' tickets available, so you have roughly a 2.5 per cent chance of getting a 'Chance' ticket with your purchase.

McDonald's says one in five, or 20 per cent, of Chance tickets will result in an instant win. Working the numbers means you have a 0.5 per cent chance of obtaining a Chance ticket that will also get you a prize, so it's not a strategy you should be banking on.

While we know how many 'Instant win' and 'Chance' tickets there are, the details around the 'Collect to win' part of the McDonald's Monopoly game are more closely guarded.

Going by previous observations, it seems that for each 'Collect to win' ticket colour, all but one of each set will likely by very commonly distributed. The final one, not so common.

McDonald's Monopoly competition is back in Australia this month offering a chance to win expensive prizes, all for the price of a Big Mac

In this year's game there are two prizes available of a year of free fuel by collecting the three red tickets: The Strand, Fleet Street and Trafalgar Square.

So it's entirely possible that the probability of finding that final red ticket in the set could be as low as 2 in 136 million.

If you are planning on trying to win one of the major 'Collect to win' prizes, these are the odds we think you should be expecting, even if you have collected all but one of the tickets needed, based on the number of prizes available:

1 in 136 million (one prize each)

- A$10,000 (US$7,200/£5,500) room makeover voucher

1 in 68 million (two prizes each)

- A$5,000 (US$3,600/£2,700) travel gift card

1 in 45 million (three prizes each)

1 in 34 million (four prizes)

1 in 17 million (eight prizes)

- A $1,000 (US$700/£550) shopping voucher

Given each ticket has a 12-digit code you can enter into the app to see if you've won a prize, a cheeky idea might be to enter random codes to see if you can guess a winning number.

There are several reasons why this is a waste of time (not least the fact that you need to present a physical copy of a ticket to collect a prize), but let's also get some mathematical perspective.

Every ticket code consists of a combination of letters and numbers. There are 9 possible numbers (1-9, ignoring 0 so as not to confuse with the letter O) and 26 possible letters (A-Z, capitals only) that can appear in a ticket code

Every ticket code consists of a combination of letters and numbers. There are 9 possible numbers (1-9, ignoring 0 so as not to confuse with the letter O) and 26 possible letters (A-Z, capitals only) that can appear in a ticket code.

This means there are 35 possibilities for each of the 12 alphanumeric characters in a code. So how many possible 12-character codes are there? We can calculate that with:

= 35 × 35 × 35 × 35 × 35 × 35 × 35 × 35 × 35 × 35 × 35 × 35

But there are only a maximum of 136,634,083 tickets in the game.

So the probability of entering a random 12-digit code into the app and having it recognised as a valid ticket code is given by:

In other words, a 0.000000004 per cent chance that you would have randomly picked a valid ticket code.

A number this small is hard to imagine, so let's think of it another way. If you wanted to increases your chance of randomly picking a valid ticket code to roughly 4 per cent (still a very slim chance!), you should be prepared to pick about 1011, or 100 billion random 12-character codes first.

If we assume that picking, entering and checking a code into the app only took you one second, then entering a hundred billion codes would take you about 3,180 years. The competition ends next month.

Incidentally, this is one of the reasons why websites and email services encourage you to choose passwords that are at least eight characters long, with a mixture of numbers, letters and special characters. It takes a long time for people with nefarious intentions to guess your password if it's as long as a McDonald's Monopoly ticket code, even if they get a computer to help them.

What's the best way to play?

If you remember that McDonald's Monopoly is much like a regular lottery, you'll be better off as you can relax and know that there's next to no chance that you will win a major prize.

The instant win aspect is a nice bonus if you're already planning on having a meal at McDonald's – since it's not all that unlikely that you could end up with some extra fries or a drink.

This article was written by Sarah Belet, a postgraduate student from Monash University and Jennifer Flegg, a senior lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the University of Melbourne.

Has anyone actually won anything from the McDonalds Monopoly game?

I remember one day I was walking home from work, it was an unusually rainy day and I had no umbrella with me so I decided to stop at McDonald's to let the rain subside a little. I walked in and sat down, but the lady at the counter made it very clear that I couldn't stay without buying something. I was pretty parched after a long day of work anyway so I decided to purchase a soda. The more I think about this, the more I realize how amazing fate can be. It had to be a rainy day, it had to have gotten particularly bad just as I was walking past McDonald's, the employee had to care enough to ask me to buy something even on a slow day. I had to actually buy something and not just leave, and I had to order exactly that soda at exactly that time and notice the monopoly sticker on it. It's really quite incredibly how, in life, it sometimes just all works out. I sat and quietly drank my drink, thinking about nothing in particular, when I noticed the sticker. I usually don't really think I'm going to win or anything, so I really thought nothing of it. Anyway, I peeled it off, thinking there would be nothing. I was right.

Wow, that reminds me of the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for m'shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ɾm. "Gimme five bees for a quarter," youɽ say. Now where were we. oh yeah. The important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. I didn't have any white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones.

tl:dr It's the story of the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for m'shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ɾm. "Gimme five bees for a quarter," youɽ say. Now where were we. oh yeah. The important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. I didn't have any white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones.

Super Size Me

Super Size Me/Roadside Attractions

In 2004, the film Super Size Me rocked McDonald’s and the rest of the fast food world to the core.

Morgan Spurlock directed the documentary and willingly ate McDonald’s three times a day for a month-long period. He tried everything on the menu at least once. Throughout the course of his journey, Spurlock tracked not only his physical health but his psychological health as well. His food intake averaged around 5,000 calories per day (twice the recommended consumption according to U.S. Health Dietary Guidelines). After the month, Spurlock gained 18 pounds, had higher cholesterol, struggled with depression.

He even suffered significant liver damage.

Once the film came out McDonald’s faced fire. People around the world couldn’t stop talking about obesity and the effects of fast food. Super Size Me created a media nightmare for the fast food chain. And their place in society took a huge hit. Following the negative press, the company removed the infamous “super size me” option from every menu. But they claim it had no correlation. In the years that followed, they also made increased efforts to appear more health-conscious by providing more nutritional options to their menus.


The promotion has been offered in the United States, Canada, [1] Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom since 1987. Argentina and Brazil were included in 2013 as well as South Korea in 2014 [2] and Ireland in 2016. From 2003 to 2009, Best Buy was involved in the U.S. version, and later in the Canadian version.

Like many merchants, McDonald's offered sweepstakes to draw customers into its restaurants. Laws generally forbid a company from administering its own contests, in order to prevent fraud and to ensure that all prizes are given away as a result, such promotions are handled by an impartial third-party company. [ citation needed ] McDonald's had a relationship with Simon Worldwide Inc., which was responsible for the distribution of the contest pieces and the awarding of major prizes. [ citation needed ]

In 2015, the Monopoly game was replaced in the US by "Game Time Gold", using an NFL theme. [3]

In 2019, Deputy Leader of the UK Labour Party, Tom Watson, said that the Monopoly promotion was a "danger to public health" and urged McDonald's to drop the "grotesque marketing strategy". [4] [5]

Fraud Edit

In 2001, the U.S. promotion was halted after fraud was uncovered. A subcontracting company, Simon Marketing (then a subsidiary of Cyrk), which had been hired by McDonald's to organize and promote the game, failed to recognize a flaw in its procedures. Chief of security Jerome P. Jacobson was able to remove the most valuable game pieces, which he then passed to associates who would redeem them and share the proceeds. [6] [7] Jacobson justified his long-running multi-million dollar crime as being his reaction to executives re-running randomized draws to ensure high-level prizes went to areas in the United States rather than Canada – though he did not take the stolen pieces to Canada to rectify this supposed problem, choosing instead to personally gain by selling the pieces. [7] He began stealing winning game pieces after a supplier mistakenly provided him a sheet of the anti-tamper seals needed to secretly make the swap. Jacobson sold winning pieces for a percentage of the winnings in advance, [7] initially to friends and family but expanding nationwide after a chance meeting in the Atlanta airport between him and Gennaro "Jerry" Colombo of the Colombo crime family. [8]

In 1995, Colombo appeared in a nationally televised McDonald's commercial promoting his (fraudulent) win of a Dodge Viper. [9] In 1995, St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, received an anonymous letter postmarked Dallas, Texas, which contained a $1 million winning game piece. Game rules prohibited the transfer of prizes, but McDonald's chose to follow through by treating the $1 million as a donation to the hospital, making the final $50,000 annuity payment in 2014. [10] [11] Investigations later indicated that Jacobson had admitted to sending the winning piece to the hospital. [12] In June 1996, Colombo's father-in-law, William "Buddy" Fisher, cashed in a stolen $1 million Monopoly piece. [13] Jerry Colombo died in a traffic accident in 1998, so Jacobson found new accomplices to help him sell the stolen winning prize tabs. [8]

Jacobson's associates won almost all of the top prizes, including cash and cars, between 1995 and 2000, including McDonald's giveaways that did not have the Monopoly theme ("Hatch, Match, and Win," "When the USA Wins, You Win," "Disney's Masterpiece Collection Trivia Challenge at McDonald's," "Who Wants to be a Millionaire Game," "Win on the Spot" and others). [14] The associates netted over $24 million. While the fraud appeared to have been perpetrated by only one key employee of the promotion company, and not by the company's management, eight people were originally arrested, [15] [16] soon growing to 21 indicted individuals, with members of the Colombo crime family believed to have been involved in the fraud at some point. [17] By the end of criminal prosecutions, 53 people were indicted, of whom 48 pled guilty – 46 in pre-trial plea agreements, while two others changed their plea from not guilty to guilty during their trials. [10]

The relationship between McDonald's and Simon Marketing broke down in a pair of lawsuits over breach of contract, eventually settled out of court, with the claim of McDonald's being thrown out and Simon receiving $16.6 million. [18] Due to a constitutional violation, by which it was confirmed that they did not know Jacobson and thus did not know that the winning game pieces oddly given to them by Jacobson's recruiters were necessarily stolen, four of the "winners" convicted of fraud had their convictions reversed on appeal. [19] [20]

Jacobson pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida and served three years in federal prison. The trial began on September 10, 2001, but was overshadowed in the media by the September 11 attacks.

In August 2018, 20th Century Fox announced plans for a film based on the Jacobson fraud, with Ben Affleck then attached as director, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese as writers, and Matt Damon in an acting role. [21] [22] While there have been no further updates on the plans for the film, the controversy is depicted in the 2020 HBO docuseries McMillions. [23]

The promotion mimics the game Monopoly. The game is also advertised with tokens appearing in Sunday newspapers. [24] [25] Originally, customers received a set of two tokens with every purchase, but now tokens come only with certain menu items. Tokens correspond to a property space on the Monopoly board (with the exception of the Golden Avenue/Arches Avenue "properties", which were added in the 2008 edition and Electric Company/Water Works utilities added in 2014). When combined into color-matched properties, the tokens may be redeemed for money. Historically, the grand prize ($1 million, annuity only) has been the combination of the two most costly properties, Park Place and Boardwalk, but in the 2006–2007 games the top prize ($5 million, with the traditional $1 million prize for Boardwalk/Park Place) was awarded for collecting the four railroads.

There are also "instant win" tokens the recipient can redeem for McDonald's food (typically small menu items, such as a free small McFlurry or medium fries) but never for any food item that has game pieces, money, or other prizes. The 2001 edition was titled "Pick Your Prize!", in which winners could choose which of three ways they wanted their prize awarded to them (i.e. they could choose if they wanted their $1 million in gold, diamonds, or $50,000 per year for 20 years).

In 2016, the game changed where all available prizes were cash, including the $1 million for Park Place and Boardwalk, and was titled "Money Monopoly". [26]

Coupon pieces Edit

Additionally, in the 2005 edition, certain foods always came with one coupon which could be used at either Best Buy, Toys R Us, or Foot Locker (including online stores). The value of each coupon was random, with Toys R Us coupons ranging from $1 to $5 up to $5 in coupons could be used in a single transaction. In 2008, these coupons were redeemed for up to 25% off any Foot Locker item(s). Since 2009, the promotion has not featured any coupons.

Products with game pieces Edit

As of 2019 (Canada) and 2016 (US), the following products contained game pieces:

Canada [27] USA [28]
Big Mac (Single/Double) Big Mac
Chicken McNuggets (10/20 pc.)
Chicken Sandwiches (McChicken/Seriously Chicken)
Angus sandwiches (Bacon Cheddar/Mighty/Creamy Black Pepper) Filet-O-Fish
Large French Fries Medium French Fries
Medium & Large Hot McCafe Beverages
Medium & Large Soft Drink Cups/Milkshakes Medium Soft Drink Cups
Coffee or Tea (Medium/Large/X-Large)
McMuffin Sandwiches (except Sausage McMuffin)
Quarter Pounder with Cheese/BLT sandwiches (Single/Double)
Regular McFlurry
McWraps Biscuit Sandwiches (except Sausage Biscuit)

Canadian and US laws require that game pieces be available upon request with no purchase necessary (Alternative Method of Entry, "AMOE"), and can be requested by the mailing of a handwritten, self-addressed stamped envelope. [28]

Rare pieces in US/Canada Edit

The rare collectible pieces that dictate the odds of winning are as follows:

Property 2019 Canadian Name***** [29] 2019 code 2019 prize 2018 code 2018 prize 2017 code 2017 prize 2016 code 2016 prize 2014 code 2014 prize 2013 code 2013 prize 2012 code 2012 prize 2011 code 2011 prize 2010 code 2010 prize 2009 code 2009 prize
Mediterranean Avenue Rideau Canal 101 2020 Chevrolet Equinox 901 Xbox One Forza Bundle 801 CN$150,000 601 $50 ($100 in Canada) 501 $50 (Paid in McDonald's Gift Cards in Canada) 431/461 $1,000 ($25 McDonald's Gift Card in Canada) 925 $50 (Paid in McDonald's Gift Cards in Canada) 321 $50 (Paid in McDonald's Gift Cards in Canada) 750 $50 (Paid in McDonald's Gift Cards in Canada) 101 $50 (Paid in McDonald's Gift Cards in Canada)
Vermont Avenue Mackenzie River 104 Yamaha Wolverine X4 EPS 904 Yamaha Family Grizzly ATV Bundle 804 2 Yamaha SnoScoot Snowmobiles & two 250 Yamabucks gift cards 604 $1,000 (Berkley Family Equipment Package in Canada) 504 Shell fuel for 1 Year ($2,500 in Canada) 434/464 $5,000 ($50 McDonald's Gift Card in Canada) 928 $5,000 324 $100 753 104
Virginia Avenue Percé Rock 106 CAN$10,000 906 CN$10,000 806 CN$10,000 608 $2,000 ($10,000 in Canada) 508 $5,000 438/468 $10,000 ($20,000 in Canada) 932 Beach Resort Vacation 328 $200 Spa Certificate 757 108
Tennessee Avenue Tunnels of Moose Jaw 111 Cineplex Premiere Card for winner & guest for 1 Year 911 Cineplex Premiere Card for winner & guest for 1 Year 811 Cineplex Premiere Card for winner & guest for 1 year 610 $5,000 (Cineplex Premiere Card in Canada) 510 Softcard Mobile Wallet Prize + $2,500 for wireless service ($5,000 Wal-Mart Gift Card in Canada) 440/470 EA Sports Super Bowl XLVIII trip for 2 ($5,000 Wal-Mart Gift Card in Canada) 934 $10,000 330 Beach Resort Vacation 759 $1,000 110 $5,000
Kentucky Avenue Confederation Bridge 112 CAN$5,000 in Vanilla Prepaid MasterCard Gift Card 912 CN$5,000 in Vanilla Prepaid MasterCard Gift Card 812 CN$5,000 in Prepaid MasterCard Gift Card 612 $10,000 ($5,000 in Vanilla Prepaid Gift Cards in Canada) 512 Any Delta Air Lines Vacations Destination for 2 442/472 Any Delta Air Lines Destination for 2 936 Any Delta Air Lines Destination for 2 332 $50,000 761 Beaches Resorts Vacation 112 $10,000
Ventnor Avenue Whistler 117 Cabela's CAN$2,000 Gift Card 917 Cabela's Barbeque Package 817 Cabela's Camping Package 616 $25,000 (Polaris Snowmobile in Canada) 516 Beaches Resorts Vacation 446/476 $20,000 ($10,000 in Canada) 940 $20,000 336 $100,000 765 $25,000 116 $25,000
Pennsylvania Avenue Portage and Memorial 120 CAN$2,000 Hudson's Bay Gift Card 920 CN$2,000 Hudson's Bay Gift Card 820 CN$2,000 Hudson's Bay Gift Card 620 $50,000 ($2,000 Hudson's Bay Gift Card in Canada) 520 Cessna Private Jet Trip 450/480 2014 Fiat 500L (2013 Fiat POP in Canada) 944 2013 Fiat 500 Sport Hatchback 340 2012 Nissan Leaf or 2012 Nissan 370z 769 $50,000 120 $50,000
Boardwalk Fairmont Le Château 121 5,000,000 RBC Rewards Points or CAN$50,000 921 5,000,000 RBC Rewards Points or CN$50,000 821 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 622 $1,000,000 (annuity, 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportsWagen in Canada) 522 $1,000,000 (annuity) 452/482 $1,000,000 (annuity, $100,000 for Canada) 946 $1,000,000 (annuity) 342 $1,000,000 (annuity) 771 $1,000,000 (annuity) 122 $1,000,000 (annuity)
Short Line Vancouver International Airport 126 Air Transat trip to Playa Del Carmen for 4 926 Air Transat trip to Riviera Maya for 4 826 3,000 WestJet Dollars 626 $500 (A "dream vacation" in Canada) 526 $5,000 Target Shopping Experience on Black Friday ($1,000 in Canada) 456/486 Shell Fuel for 1 Year ($5,000 in Canada) 950 EA SPORTS Fan Trip Championship Get-A-Way 346 EA SPORTS Trip 775 EA SPORTS Trip 126 $500
Reading Railroad Route Transcan Highway 128 Esso/Mobil CAN$2,600 Gift Card "Petrol for 52 Weeks" 928 Esso/Mobil CN$2,600 Gift Card "Petrol for 52 Weeks" 828 Shell "Fuel for a Year"
Water Works*** 527 $10,000
Free Parking**** . $100,000

Note that the rare piece is alphabetically the last property in each group, except for Boardwalk. In 2013, McDonald's allowed two Boardwalk pieces to be produced prior to this only one was produced.

[*] Until 2007, Mediterranean and Baltic Avenues were dark purple properties on the traditional Monopoly board since 2008, they have been brown.

[**] McDonald's added Golden Avenue and Arches Avenue for 2008 only obtaining both won $100,000.

[***] Electric Company & Water Works were added for 2014 obtaining both won $10,000.

[****] One Free Parking $100,000 prize was seeded on each of the following in only the US Territory: Bacon Clubhouse (1 in 9,836,000), Filet-O-Fish (1 in 19,585,000), Big Mac (1 in 45,000,000) and Large Fries (1 in 150,254,000) [30]

[*****] In 2016, the Canadian version replaced all properties with Canadian landmarks (such as replacing Boardwalk with Le Château Frontenac, and swapping Kentucky Avenue with the Confederation Bridge) and replaced all train stations with well-known Canadian airports, including Toronto Pearson International Airport and Vancouver International Airport.

Germany Edit

The German version of the rare piece list is as follows:

Property 2009 code 2009 prize 2009 number awarded
Jackpot . 1 each of the below + 1 each of the instant win prizes. 1x 0 property 1 instant
Turmstraße 902 Monopoly Game set. 1000x 340 property 660 instant
Elisenstraße & Poststraße 904 & 905 €1,000 Prepaid Visa Card 1000x 950 property 50 instant
Hafenstraße 907 LG Netbook 500x 170 property 330 instant
Wiener Straße & Berliner Straße 910 & 911 Audi A3 Cabriolet 100x 90 property 10 instant
Museumstraße 913 Nintendo Wii with Avatar: The Game 777x 259 property 518 instant
Schillerstraße 916 MSC cruise for two 5x 2 property 3 instant
Hauptstraße 919 ETI dream vacation to Egypt 100x 34 property 66 instant
Parkstraße 921 Hercules Mountain Bike 100x 34 property 66 instant
Südbahnhof & Westbahnhof 932 & 924 €100,000 from Visa 10x 10 property 0 instant

In addition to the property pieces, there are also Instant Win pieces for a Samsung MP3 player, a LG Touchscreen cellphone, €150 gift certificates to S.Oliver, a JBL iPod dock, a Funai Flatscreen television, Nikon digital camera, Noxon internet radio, and SnowTrex one-week ski vacation for two.

Online games Edit

In 2005, McDonald's introduced an online counterpart to its traditional game. In addition to the traditional "sticker" game, participants can play online. Each game piece lists a code which can be entered online, to a maximum of 10 entries per 24 hours, a day starts at midnight EDT. Up to 2014, each code entered grants the user one roll on a virtual Monopoly game board, identical to the board game's board. Rolling "doubles" (two dice sharing the same number), as with the real board game, allows the user to move again.

Landing on Electric Company, Income Tax, Jail/Just Visiting, Go to Jail, Water Works, or Luxury Tax does not count towards any prize. If a player lands on an unowned property (not landed upon by the player in a previous turn), the user will "collect" that property. When all properties of a colored set are collected, the user wins a prize, with prize values similar to those of the sticker game. In addition to collecting property sets, users can also win by landing on certain "instant win" spaces, including Go, Chance, Community Chest, and Free Parking. Landing on Go (but not simply passing it) gives the player a code worth one free hour of WiFi access at participating McDonald's restaurants. Landing on Chance is worth money to spend at Foot Locker. Landing on Community Chest allows the user to be given a code worth 25 My Coke Rewards points. Landing on Free Parking is a prize of a $50 refillable gas card from Shell, or alternatively 25 complimentary apple pies.

In 2007, landing on Community Chest won game downloads. [31]

In 2009, the prizes became two hours of Wi-Fi and a $25 Arch Card for landing on Go, an entry into an online roll for $1,000,000 (annuity) for landing on Chance, 25 My Coke Rewards points for landing on Community Chest, and a $50 refillable Shell gift card for landing on Free Parking.

The values of the dice are not random. As stated in the contest rules, one property in each set is "rare," similar to the sticker game. These rare properties are landed on only when the game server "seeds" a winning roll. Winning rolls are seeded at specific times on specific dates, and the first user to roll the dice once a win has been seeded will land on a winning piece. This allows McDonald's to declare the odds of winning certain prizes, a legal requirement for contests in most jurisdictions.

In 2010, the online game was changed, removing the dice and the game board, presenting only 3 Chance cards from which to pick. One has a prize, starting at 30 My Coke Rewards points, but may be (non-randomly) seeded with a higher-valued prize. Player chooses one card, is asked if that is the choice the player wants to make, and the card is flipped. If it is the pre-selected winning card, the player wins the pre-selected prize.

In 2011, the game was changed again – the mascot, Rich Uncle Pennybags (aka "Mr. Monopoly"), is shown attempting to throw a Chance card into a top hat. If the card lands in the hat, the player can claim a prize. Players must choose a "throwing style", which only changes the animations used – it does nothing to affect one's odds of winning.

In 2012, the game was changed once more. Players must click on "Spin" first, and if it landed on "GO!", the player wins the online prize shown. The next year, players had to click on "Play" a win resulted in the prize shown onscreen regardless of the outcome, players received an entry to win a 2013 Fiat 500 Cabrio. For the 2014 game, players must click on "GO!", and if it results in a win, the online prize is shown onscreen regardless of the outcome, the participant receives an entry to win $50,000.

In 2016, players can enter up to ten codes daily in order to win weekly sweepstakes with a $50,000 grand prize.

Restrictions Edit

For all versions of the online game, players are restricted to a set number of online entries per day. [32] In the UK, this is restricted to 24 entries. In the US, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Saipan, the limit is 10.

What are the McDonald's Monopoly 2021 prizes?

So far, there isn't much out there about 2021's prizes, and McDonald's have kept their cards pretty close to their chest. But in years gone by, there's plenty to win, like:

  • £100,000 cash
  • £10,000 cash
  • Mini Coopers
  • £2,000 to spend on a holiday
  • PS4 Pro
  • Experience vouchers
  • Shopping vouchers
  • Phones
  • And, of course, instant win food items, like the Big Mac, six chicken nuggets, ice cream cone, hash brown, sausage and egg McMuffin and so much more.

McMillions: the bizarre story of how one man stole $24m from McDonald's

I t was always a crime story hiding in plain sight. From 1987 to the 1990s, McDonald’s crowned dozens of winners in its promotional Monopoly game, which awarded customers prizes ranging from a free drink to a car to a million dollars. Big-time winners – the rare ticket-finders – were interviewed on the news and profiled in the papers. Except none of the winners were real. Or rather, none actually stumbled upon a lucky ticket. They were picked in a scheme run by a rogue ex-police officer, Jerome Jacobson, involving mob connections, false addresses, smuggled tickets and over $24m in illegal winnings – a genuinely crazy, rabbit-hole story of greed, deceit, and good old American scamming explored in McMillions, a six-part HBO docuseries out this week.

The series kicks off in 2001, when Doug Mathews, a young and hungry FBI officer who seems more at home at a southern barbecue than a law enforcement office, stumbles upon another bombshell in plain sight: a Post-it note on his boss’s desk that simply asks: “McDonald’s Monopoly Fraud?” Mathews and his team in Jacksonville, Florida, have one lead – an anonymous tip that some past winners know each other – and little reason to doubt the security of one America’s largest food chains. Without spoiling too much, things quickly expand from Jacksonville to winners up and down the east coast, a nightclub owner resembling Al Capone and a network of stolen golden tickets.

Though the story seems tailor-made for an Adam McKay movie or bestselling book, it remained largely hidden for years, in part because news of the investigation dropped right before 9/11. The McMillions co-director James Lee Hernandez didn’t hear of it until 2012, when he scrolled through Reddit to kill time before bed and saw a post in the TIL (Today I Learned) thread: “Today I learned nobody really won the McDonald’s Monopoly game.” As someone “obsessed” with the game as a child – his first job was working for his local McDonald’s – Hernandez started digging. There wasn’t much – an article in a Jacksonville newspaper about the mail fraud indictments of false “winners”, but nothing with a bird’s eye picture of the story or FBI investigation. The missing information “set me on fire”, he told the Guardian. “In this day and age, if you can’t learn every single thing in two seconds on the internet, it drives you crazy. So I kept looking into it.”

Hernandez put in Freedom of Information Act requests with the federal government, which took three years to materialize and revealed names of those involved in the investigation. In 2017, he reached out to FBI agents and prosecutors, who all “said this was their favorite case they’ve ever worked but nobody’s ever reached out to them”, he said. Hernandez teamed up with a fellow film-maker, Brian Lazarte, to start interviews, eventually linking up with Mark Wahlberg’s production company Unrealistic Ideas and HBO.

Though the facts of the case are by now well documented, the six-part series unfolds through the eyes of FBI investigators as they attempt to assemble a series of loosely connected clues – an anonymous donation of a $1m Monopoly piece to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee, a tapped phone call referring to a mysterious “Uncle Jerry” – into a coherent picture. “We were just fascinated by their investigation,” said Hernandez. “How do you take this extremely small kernel of information and blow it out to this massive case? We wanted to make sure we were never ahead of the FBI investigation, so you could live it as they lived it.” The viewer, then, learns new information on the mechanics of the scheme and the colorful characters involved (besides Mathews, there’s a campily dressed mob ex-wife, among others) in the same chronological order as the FBI. The three episodes available for review lead you deep into a morass of shady connections, strip clubs, stolen Monopoly pieces and side-of-the-road dealings with no clear explanation for how, exactly, Jacobson and his conspirators pulled it all off.

FBI Special Agent Doug Mathews in McMillions. Photograph: HBO

The focus, instead, is the daring tactic to keep the investigation under wraps: a fake production company fronted by Mathews to stage a fake “winner’s reunion”, with help from McDonald’s executives. The ruse allowed the FBI to check in, with cameras and questions, on past false winners and provides plenty of archival footage, which Hernandez and Lazarte pepper in amid hazy re-enactments and interviews.

The harebrained and at times surprisingly haphazard scheme, along with Mathews’s charisma, casts a lighthearted, caper-oriented tone on the series. But Lazarte and Hernandez balance the zaniness with a serious reconsideration of the scam’s impact on the winners, some of whom were convicted on federal charges. “A lot of people say, well, it was a victimless crime – they weren’t hurting anyone, it was a billion-dollar corporation, they’re not suffering as a result of this,” said Lazarte. Both are vague on the revelations of the final three episodes, but the truth, they found, was more complicated. One false winner, Gloria Brown, seems coldly dishonest in archival footage from the “winner’s reunion” interview in McMillions, she explains her context: the struggle of being a single mother, her belief the ticket was a gift from God to get her son a step ahead. “Everyone who was alive at that time wanted to win that game,” said Lazarte. “If a family member came to you with the opportunity to claim a prize and all you had to do was say you’re the one who peeled that game piece, would you have done it?”

The series tracks a web of lies with soap opera-level twists and, naturally, the relish of a good scam story. But ultimately, “there are victims, and there are some serious consequences for what might seem like a small white lie,” said Lazarte. “We’ve always felt there’s a great takeaway in that, and I think that people will see by the end of the series.”

McMillions starts on HBO on 3 February and in the UK at a later date

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