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Woman buys cup of tea, wins $1 million jackpot

Insider BuzzInsider Buzz: Woman buys cup of tea, wins $1 million jackpot

McDonald's Monopoly game makes White House, TN resident a millionaire

When Brandi Futch ordered a cup of sweet tea at a McDonald's restaurant in Goodlettsville, she had no idea just how sweet it would be.

The fast-food order made her a millionaire.

Futch had been playing the McDonald's Monopoly game for three years before she finally hit the jackpot. Customers collect game pieces to win prizes ranging from free French fries to cash.

"I'd won food prizes before but not money," she said. "I never thought I would win. I did all the what-ifs but I think everyone does that."

Futch, 23, of White House was confirmed by McDonald's Tuesday as its first $1 million Monopoly game winner this year. She and her best friend, Brittany Hogan, 23, also of White House, visit the fast-food chain at least once a week.

Two weeks ago, the pair stopped at the Goodlettsville McDonald's, 304 Long Hollow Pike.

"We got our drinks first," Futch said.

Money for car, college

In the passenger seat, Hogan heard her friend say she thought she won a million dollars.

"I was like no way, it's just a fry or something," Hogan said. "But, then we pulled it up on the Internet, and I couldn't believe it. It's been a circus ever since."

First on the millionaire's list is a new car followed by a house, college and investments. Futch works at the Grand Ole Opry but wants to work as a sign language specialist some day.

"We celebrate every time someone wins, but having her win here makes it that much more exciting, not only for Nashville but for McDonald's,'' said James Pelletier, owner of the Goodlettsville franchise.

Futch she still can't believe it.

"I think my parents were more in shock than I was,'' she said. "My daddy just cried."

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Thanks to Four4me for the tip.


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Chattanooga, TN
United States
Member #74194
May 5, 2009
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Posted: November 11, 2009, 7:18 pm - IP Logged

wow in Tennesse not bad... congrats fellow tennessean good luck and spend wisely

    rdgrnr's avatar - walt
    Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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    April 28, 2009
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    Posted: November 11, 2009, 8:28 pm - IP Logged

    Wow, glad to hear of someone having good luck in TN for a change. Maybe I'll start mixing sweet tea with my Jack. Nah.

    I never knew anything about the McDonalds game (very rarely eat there) but if they have more million dollar winners to give out maybe I'll stop for coffee once in a while.

    I wish Brandi Futch all the best and hope she does well with all that money at her age.







    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                --Edmund Burke



      justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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      Posted: November 11, 2009, 10:07 pm - IP Logged

      Now that's what a call a Happy Meal!

      Yes Nod

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        Posted: November 11, 2009, 10:28 pm - IP Logged

        I Agree!That was a very Happy Meal!


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          Posted: November 11, 2009, 11:34 pm - IP Logged




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            Miami, FLA
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            July 9, 2008
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            Posted: November 12, 2009, 2:16 am - IP Logged

            SPECIAL REPORT:




            "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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              Posted: November 12, 2009, 3:49 am - IP Logged

              Congrats on the winning!

                ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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                Posted: November 12, 2009, 3:18 pm - IP Logged

                Yes, congrats to the winner!

                "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."