McDonald’s Monopoly Game is Back!

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Mcdonald's Monopoly GameThe McDonald’s Monopoly game starts today (September 27, 2011). I’ve been a big fan of this game ever since McDonald’s first launched this marketing juggernaut in 1987. So this year I thought I’d give you everything you need to know about the game, including how to play online, how to get free game pieces and your chances of winning the big prize.

Let’s start with how to play McDonald’s Monopoly, which has become more complicated over the years. The key is to keep in mind that there is an in-store game AND an online game.

In-Store Game

You’re probably familiar with the in-store game. You get two or four game pieces when you buy certain food and drink items from McDonald’s. You peel the game pieces to reveal either an instant win or a monopoly property you collect for a big prize.

Instant Win Prizes

Here are the instant win prizes for 2011 (with number of winners in parenthesis if available):

  • $25,000 (5)
  • $10,000 (3)
  • $500 (750)
  • $50 (5,000)
  • $5 Walmart gift card (more than 1 million)
  • $1,000 Walmart gift card
  • $5,000 Walmart gift card
  • EA Sports Ultimate Game Room (10)
  • EA Sports Lifetime of Games (4)
  • My Coke Rewards 30-Point Bundles (more than 1 million)
  • Snapfish 4×6 Digital Photo Bundle (a few million)
  • $10 and $50 Gas Cards (hundreds)
  • 2012 Nissan Z (4)
  • Kinect for XBox 360 Prize Pack (500)
  • Redbox DVD Rental (a few million)
  • Trip for 4 to the 2012 McDonald’s All American Games (a few)
  • Trip for 4 to London Olympics (a few)

Collect to Win Prizes & Rare Game Pieces

And here are the ‘Collect to Win’ prizes, along with the number of prizes available and the rare game piece within the monopoly need to win each prize:

  • $1 million* (1–Boardwalk)
  • $100,000 (6–Ventnor Avenue)
  • $50,000 (8–Kentucky Avenue)
  • $100 (3,000–Vermont Avenue)
  • $50 (10,000–Mediterranean Avenue)
  • EA Sports Fan Trip (8–Short Line RR)
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf (2–Pennsylvania Avenue)
  • Caribbean Vacation (a few hundred–Tennessee Avenue)
  • $200 SpaWish Gift Certificates (a couple hundred–Virginia Avenue)

*Did you notice the pesky asterisks (*) next to the $1 million prize? If you win the big prize, you won’t actually receive $1 million in cash, at least not right away. Instead, you’ll get $50,000 a year for 20 years. A great payoff for sure, but one that in present dollars is worth a lot less than $1 million.

Online Game

McDonald’s also has an online Monopoly game that you don’t want to miss. Here’s how it works. The game pieces come with an 11-digit code that can be entered online. You enter the code at www.playatmcd.com

Here is the list of prizes for the online game (with the number of potential winners in parenthesis):

  • $10,000 (1)
  • $5,000 (7)
  • $50 (couple thousand)
  • $1,000 Walmat gift card (a few dozen)
  • EA Sports $10 prizes (100,000) and games (thousands)
  • $50 gas cards (couple hundred)
  • Snapfish digital photo prizes (hundreds of thousands)
  • 2012 Nissan Z (1)
  • Beach Resort Vacation (couple dozen)
  • $20 SpaWish gift certificates (thousands)
  • My Code Rewards Points (millions)
  • Redbox DVD rental (hundreds of thousands)

How to Get a Free Game Piece

You can get a free game piece from Mcdonald’s:

A Participant can request a Game Piece without buying a food item at a participating McDonald’s location by mailing a legibly handwritten, self-addressed, stamped envelope (“SASE”) with sufficient postage and a return address, including first and last name, street address, city, state, and ZIP or postal code to: 2011 MONOPOLY Game at McDonald’s Game Piece Request, P.O. Box 49180, Strongsville, OH 44149-0180.

You’ll receive two game pieces (four peels).

Monopoly Sweepstakes

And if an in-store and online game weren’t enough, you’ve also got the sweepstakes. Each time you play online you receive one entry into the sweepstakes. For each five online plays, you receive and additional five entries. On or about November 14, 2011, a winner will be drawn from all entries. The prize is a MY 12 Nissan Z® Coupe Touring Model (MSRP: $38,210).

The Odds of Winning

The odds of winning with an in-store game piece is roughly 1 in 4. Of course the odds of winning go down as the value of the prize goes up. So let’s get to the big ticket item. Remember that for each color group, one of the properties is considered rare, which is how McDonald’s controls the number of prizes and odds. To win the $1 million, you need to collect both Park Place and Boardwalk. The odds of getting Park Place are 1 in 11. But the odds of landing on Boardwalk are 1 in 618,106,200.

For complete details on the odds of winning every prize, check out the official rules of McDonald’s Monopoly.

Good luck!

Published or Updated: January 16, 2012
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. Rich says:

    Wow that’s exciting :) Even with the price of dollar falling day by day, $50,000 a year for 20 years is not bad at all ;)

    Lunch time…McDonald here I got :D

    • Tim says:

      Also with inflation running at 5% in 20 years time $50,000 will be worth in real terms around $20,000.

      Bummer.

  2. Anita says:

    1 in 618,106,200 is a very tough odd but oh well, somebody has to win ;)

    • jj says:

      and i have park place if u find boardwalk we can get sum money

      • munoz says:

        i have one or the other somewhere i misplaced it i cant remember which one i am going nuts trying to find it

      • toscar says:

        same here, but they’re only going to make one boardwalk so the odds of finding one are tough

  3. I used to play this when I was a kid. I would even work with friends and collaborate, but no such luck. With seeing the odds of getting boardwalk, it makes sense. :)

  4. Solana says:

    Geeze, the odds of winning a state lottery are about 13million to 1 and the powerball are better than this game…. why should I waste money on this game?

    • DR says:

      Solana, I agree. Actually, why should we waste money on any game of chance, other than for the entertainment value.

  5. Joe says:

    I like the odds on this game, I’m better off playing this instead of my scratch -offs

  6. Alicia Green says:

    I am not sure how to play this game. Which number should I look at to determine whether I win? I have three pieces for the $100,000 but I’m not sure whether I won.
    Help

    Alicia

    • tweety says:

      alicia what r your codes for the $100,000? I have the same thing.

  7. les009 says:

    ok when i play i need same color and 3 numbers!! but one thing i have 3 different number but it says different words! let me tell u what a says! ( Illinois avenue $50’000) and one says (Indiana avenue $50’000) is ok to use those to win! or it need to be a same name!?

    • Kevin D says:

      You need Kentucky now.

  8. Kevin D says:

    $1 million* (1–Boardwalk)
    $100,000 (6–Ventnor Avenue)
    $50,000 (8–Kentucky Avenue)
    $100 (3,000–Vermont Avenue)
    $50 (10,000–Mediterranean Avenue)
    EA Sports Fan Trip (8–Short Line RR)
    2012 Nissan Leaf (2–Pennsylvania Avenue)
    Caribbean Vacation (a few hundred–Tennessee Avenue)
    $200 SpaWish Gift Certificates (a couple hundred–Virginia Avenue)
    The only pieces that are worth anything are the above. Once you get one of these, finding the remaining 2 is easy.

  9. MUNOZ says:

    i have one or the two boardwalk or parkplace i cant find it i am going crazy i didnt know how to play so i missed place it i thought i had to have all of them to win the 1 million i have to find it

    • Fredricka says:

      Well wen u find them hit me up cause I got 3park place

  10. it needs more info!!!!!!!!!!:):)?

  11. JAHAIGA says:

    I WIN

  12. Audra says:

    I have park place, I’ll give it to somebody if they simply give me the 3 pieces I need in return : kentucky ave + Ventnor Ave + Pennsylvania AVE + if you can also give meTennessee AVE, I’d only ask for $5000 of your million…that’s all thanks!

    Contact me for this offer, I’ll be happy to give you the Park Place in exchange@@ [email protected]

    • Chester says:

      Are you serious? Did you not read the article? Park Place is absolutely not hard to find.

  13. angel says:

    i am missing 1 from each section this is what i need, if oyu hae the missng piece get ahold of me and ofcourse we will work something out
    (if you have any of these listed below email me asap, we can partner up)
    1. SHORT LINE #346
    2. TENNESSEE AVE #330
    3 .VENTNOR AVE #336
    4. VIRGINIA AVE #328
    5. KENTUCKY AVE#332
    6. BOARDWALK # 342
    7. NORTH CAROLINA AVE #339 & PENNSYLVANIA AVE #.340
    8. ORIENTAL AVE # 323 & VERMONT AVE #324

    IF THE I DIDNT MENTION THE PIECE ABOVE THEN THAT MEANS I HAVE IT. EMAIL ME TO : [email protected] IF YOU HAVE ANY THE PIECES STATED ABOVE

    THANKS

    • carson says:

      i have 323 and 339

  14. san says:

    haaahhaa

  15. allie says:

    Hi, if anyone has #336Ventnor i can exhange for the following:
    Connecticut 325
    Park Place 341
    St James 329
    Marvin Gardens 337
    Pacific avenue 338
    St Charles Pl. 326
    Reading railroad 343

    • Jennifer says:

      i have Park Place 341 !!! Contact me :)

    • Akeem frasier says:

      Do you still have the 336? I have 337

  16. Nestor says:
  17. Chelsea says:

    I got Kentucky Ave &d two other red ones… Does that mean I won the 50,000?

  18. Mcd says:

    If you have Kentucky ave you won $50000. There are only 8 Kentucky aves

  19. Ivette Maldonado says:

    @ Kentucky ticket holder..I have Illinois Ave. and Indiana Ave..let me know if you would like to split the prise. 

  20. Joya says:
  21. DipShit says:

    WOW… Is everyone in here illiterate? Anyone holding any of the rare game pieces will/should not be splitting anything because finding the other ones is not hard at all.

  22. jon says:

    Ok so..the game board at mcdees says this..”collect all 3 (or 2 or 4) pieces+WIN( or WINa) what EXACTLY does that mean? Does it mean that there is another game piece that says WIN or WINa on it?? I have a few game pieces, where all i need is one more piece to win the certain prize. Anyone know the answer? Thanks

    • Robyn says:

      what that means is .. some of the sections are only 2 pieces to collect to win , Like boardwalk and parkplace together, most are 3 pieces to a section and the railroads are 4 pieces to collect and win. You need to either collect ALL the pieces in those colored sections ( whether it be 2, 3 or 4) OR get really lucky and peel off an instant win and win that way. The article above explains that there are several ways to win. Collect all pieces, instant wins and online wins.

  23. miguel says:

    i need boardwalk!!! someone contact me i got states avenue and more

  24. Gretchen says:

    I just one the $25K on Sunday on a Big Mac!! So it really does happen! Just wish I didn’t have to wait 8-10 weeks to collect my prize!

  25. Robyn says:

    DO NOT split with anyone .. if you found one of the hard to find ones, go buy 3- 5 large fries and I bet u will get the one your missing. I have a feeling Boardwalk is a dumpster somewhere.

  26. Robyn says:

    Jon what that means is .. some of the sections are only 2 pieces to collect to win , Like boardwalk and parkplace together, most are 3 pieces to a section and the railroads are 4 pieces to collect and win. You need to either collect ALL the pieces in those colored sections ( whether it be 2, 3 or 4) OR get really lucky and peel off an instant win and win that way. The article above explains that there are several ways to win. Collect all pieces, instant wins and online wins.

  27. WOW. says:

    Seriously people…learn to read or something!

  28. paul says:

    hey ik that park place is easy to find but if u have boardwalk ill fly u up here or ill fly down there and we can split it

  29. Court says:

    Can I use my instant win stamps together?
    I can’t seem to find this answer anywhere.
    My little brother is in college and I know it would help him out a lot if he could use them together to build a meal.
    Mcflurry, fries, quarter pounder?
    Breakfast biscuit, iced coffee, etc?
    Does anyone know the answer to this question? Help!

  30. Angel says:

    all i need in kentucky!!!!!! anyone has i will give 1,000 to them!!!

  31. anterio parchman says:

    ill split it write down the middle if you have Kentucky its free money and you can put the check in your name i have the other 2 pieces lets make a deal and get this free money get back to me asap please. 5050 25,000 a pieces.

  32. Deborah Stevenson says:

    I have been trying to enter my tickets Monopoly today and you won’t let me. Keeps saying ushers name incorrert and pass word incorrert.BUT I put in tickets saturday . Please tell me what is going on?

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  34. carolyn says:

    I received a game ticket….has a gray circle on it and states “no game ticket” needed. What does that mean?

  35. Eric says:

    That’s great information. I’ve been playing the game for years but didn’t realize that there was a separate online game.

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