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McDonald's & Monopoly REALLY don't mix



Winsumloosesum's post on McDonald's & Monopoly got me thinking... "What ARE my chances?"

Well, I got a horrifyingly frightening bounceback to reality when I checked out the official rules for this year's version...

Here's a snapshot:


 A potential winner may be requested to provide the Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. If a dispute cannot be resolved to Sponsor's satisfaction, the entry will be deemed ineligible. If Sponsor so elects, a potential prize winner may be required to submit to, and cooperate in, a confidential background check to confirm eligibility and to help ensure that the use of any such person in advertising or publicity for the Game will not bring Sponsor into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule or reflect unfavorably on the Game or the Sponsor as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

I understand this one. Basically, this lets you know McDonald's might ask you to go through a background check (which then you are required to "cooperate" with) to see if you know, have any connection to, or have ever walked by someone who had anything to do with any facet of the game. If you did, wave buh-bye to your "prize.

8h. General Restrictions.

Prizes pictured in point-of-sale, online, television and print advertising, promotional packaging, and other Game materials are for illustrative purposes only. All details and other restrictions of prizes not set forth in these Official Rules will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion and will be provided to the applicable prize winner upon award of the prize. No interest will be paid on any cash prizes.

All taxes (including, without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes) on or connected with any prize, and the reporting consequences thereof, are the sole and exclusive responsibility of respective winners. If required by law, Sponsor reserves the right to withhold and remit to the appropriate taxing authorities the amount of any tax or taxes due. With respect to non-cash prizes, it may be legally necessary under the United States Internal Revenue Code (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) for the prize winner to pay the amount of any tax before receiving the prize.

Another one I understand... Win a 20Gb iPod, you might get a mini, because the prize "is for illustrative purposes only."

If you win the viper, though, be prepared to cough up about $40,000 in taxes, UP FRONT, because "it may be legally necessary."

Check winsumloosesum's post for these, too.... this is where I was absolutely FLOORED- the odds of winning.




  1. Prize/Offer Level
Prize/Offer ARV Total Number of Prizes Approximate Odds
Low 300,000 Reward Zone Program Points Offer $109.99 13,689 1 in 1,320
Low JVC Electronic $99 1,500 1 in 298,846
Low Video Game Console $288.99 1,500 1 in 298,846
Low MP3 - iPod $299 500 1 in 896,539
Mid JVC Home Theater System $400 300 1 in 1,494,228
Mid Computer $649 1,500 1 in 298,846
Mid JVC Electronics Package $1,048 15 1 in 29,884,556
High Dodge Viper-Car $100,000 1 1 in 448,268,640
  1. The average odds of winning a McDonald's Food Prize over the course of the Game are approximately 1 in 9. Odds may be higher or lower for specific Food Prizes and change as the Game Progresses and prizes are awarded.
  1. Prize Level
Property Combinations & Stamp Numbers Prize ARV Total Number of Prizes Approximate Odds
Mid Mediterranean Ave #5001
Baltic Ave #5002
iPod & iTunes- MP3 Package $1,299 199 1 in 10,174,575
Mid Oriental Ave. #5003
Vermont Ave. #5004
Connecticut Ave. #5005
PSP system & PlayStation 2 Systems Video Game Package $942.89 90 1 in 18,825,585
Mid St. Charles Place #5006
States Ave. #5007
Virginia Ave. #5008
Geek Squad Computer Services and Computer Package $828 75 1 in 22,590,702
Mid St. James Place #5009
Tennessee Ave. #5010
New York Ave. #5011
JVC Electronics Package $1,048 15 1 in 256,356,356
Mid Atlantic Ave. #5015
Ventnor Ave. #5016
Marvin Gardens #5017
Movie Prize $2,350 1 1 in 2,091,956,912
High Pacific Ave. #5018
North Carolina Ave. #5019
Pennsylvania Ave. #5020
Electronic Makeover with JVC Electronics and LG Appliances $9,499.95 1 1 in 2,091,956,912
High Kentucky Ave. #5012
Indiana Ave. #5013
Illinois Ave. #5014
100 Million Best Buy Reward Zone Program Points $30,009.99 2 1 in 1,045,978,456
High Park Place #5021
Boardwalk #5022
1 Million Dollars $1,000,000 1 1 in 448,268,640
High Reading Railroad #5023
Pennsylvania Railroad #5024
B&O Railroad #5025
Short Line #5026
Dodge Viper- Car $100,000 1 1 in 17,836,429,305


Umm... "Best Chance Game 3.0"??

I can just see the ad tagline...

You Could win a Viper in the New Monopoly @ McDonald's Best Chance Game! You'd only have to buy over $50 billion worth of food and drinks to do it! Or, for no purchase necessary entries, all you need to do is send in about 10 billion SASE's (you'd bring the price of stamps CONSIDERABLY down if you did that)!! See you in the Winner's Circle!!

Oy. They need to call it "McDonald's Best Game of NO chance."

Entry #14


Comment by Rip Snorter - October 12, 2005, 8:39 am
How much do the tickets cost? This sounds as though they aren't worth a dime, much less a buck.
Comment by NoCompLotto! - October 12, 2005, 7:31 pm
This is the Monopoly game at McDonald's I'm talking about.... not a "ticket" per se, but it's ludicrous to think that you are going to win ANYTHING BUT food.

Prices here:
Medium Drink: $1.30
Large Drink: $1.50
Large Fry: $1.70
Premium Chicken Sandwich: $2.90-3.40
Knowing you are going to win NOTHING but food: Heartless
Comment by Rip Snorter - October 12, 2005, 10:25 pm
McDonald's Hamburgers? Ahh. I was in one of those a time or two. The food didn't strike me as a win, either. When they first opened back in the '60s it had the advantage of a 'hamburger', fries and a coke for under a buck, but it wasn't a bargain despite appearances. In later years it was a good spot to pull into to use the restroom when you couldn't hold it any longer, but I tried to keep my wins confined to getting back out without eating anything.

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