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How To Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game

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McDonalds Monopoly Game PieceThis post covers the 2011 edition of the McDonald’s Monopoly game. For 2012, click here.

The McDonald’s Monopoly game will be kicking off its 2011 edition early this year, starting on September 20th (last year the game started in October). This year they adjusted the prizes, keeping many of the dollar prizes but adding a few more contests and upping the number of giveaway cars. As there has been since the dawn of time, the million dollar prize remains the belle of the ball but she’ll some competition from several inclusive vacations to Beaches Resorts, the McDonald’s High School All-American game, and even a trip to London for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The game itself has remained the same. The goal of the game is to collect game pieces you can find on specially marked food products. Those game pieces will come in pairs where you’ll win either instantly or get a property that you need to match with others. Collect all the property from a colored monopoly and win that prize. In each set of properties, there will be a rare piece that basically wins you the prize. Get that rare piece and the prize is basically yours.

The online $10,000 CASHstakes will start on September 20th but the full game won’t begin until September 27th, 2011. Below, we’ll take a look at what you will need to learn in order to win the McDonald’s Monopoly game for 2011.

2011 Rare Game Pieces & Prizes

For 2011, there were some changes to the rarity, the number of prizes, and what the prizes were:

  • Mediterranean Avenue ($50 prize, 10,000 prizes) – 1 in approx. 61,811
  • Vermont Avenue ($100 prize, 3000 prizes)- 1 in approx. 206,036
  • Virginia Avenue ($200 SpaWish® Gift Certificate, 250 prizes) – 1 in approx. 2,472,425
  • Tennessee Avenue (Beaches Resort Vacation, 300 prizes)- 1 in approx. 2,060,354
  • Kentucky Avenue ($50,000, 8 prizes) – 1 in approx. 77,263,275
  • Short Line Railroad (EA Sports Fan Trip, 8 prizes) – 1 in approx. 77,263,275
  • Ventnor Avenue ($100,000, 6 prizes) – 1 in approx. 103,017,700
  • Pennsylvania Avenue (SL MY 12 Nissan Leaf, 2 prizes) – 1 in approx. 309,053,100
  • Boardwalk ($1,000,000, 1 prize) – 1 in approx. 618,106,200

To give you a better of idea of relative rarity within a monopoly set, let’s take a look at the light blue pieces. Vermont is the rare piece with an approximate 1 in 206,036 chance of finding that tile. The other tiles, Oriental Avenue and Connecticut Avenue, are both 1 in 11. Winning that set will net you a hundred dollars.

In-Store Instant Win Prizes

What can you win by peeling off a label?

  • Food prizes: Medium French Fries, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Small Frappé or Smoothie, Regular McFlurry or Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait, any Breakfast sandwich (excluding McMuffin®)
  • Redbox 1 Night DVD Rental
  • My Coke Rewards 30-Point Bundles
  • 20 Snapfish 4″x6″ Digital Photo Prints
  • $5 Walmart Gift Card
  • $10 Gift Card for Gas
  • $50 Cash
  • $50 Gift Card for Gas
  • Kinect for Xbox 360
  • $500 Cash
  • 2012 McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Games Trip for Four
  • EA SPORTS Ultimate Game Room
  • $5,000 Walmart Gift Card
  • Trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games for Four
  • $10,000 Cash
  • $25,000 Cash
  • EA SPORTS Lifetime of Games
  • MY 12 Nissan Z Coupe Touring Model

Online Instant Win Prizes

I really enjoy the online game, probably because it’s online and it’s a game. :) That said, there are plenty of prizes you can win just be putting your codes in at the right time. Whether you win a prize online depends on when you enter a valid code, not what the code says. According to the rules, these “winning times” are set ahead of time and the first user to throw the dice will win that prize. Here are the prizes:

  • 30 My Coke Rewards Points – 3,500,000 prizes
  • Redbox One Night DVD Rental – 500,000
  • 20 Snapfish 4″x6″ Digital Photo Prints – 900,000
  • Snapfish 11″x14″ Poster – 100,000
  • Snapfish 5″x7″ Photo Book – 500
  • $10 EA SPORTS Prize – 100,000
  • $20 SpaWish Gift Certificate – 9,000
  • 1,000 My Coke Rewards Points – 42
  • $50 Cash – 2,880
  • $50 Gift Card for Gas – 200
  • EA SPORTS™ Video Game – 13,500
  • $1,000 Walmart Gift Card 40
  • Beaches Resorts Vacation – 36
  • $5,000 Cash – 7
  • $10,000 Cash – 1

How to Get McDonald’s Monopoly Game Pieces

To get pieces, you have two options – buy McDonald’s food or get them for free by sending in a self-addressed stamped envelope. Here are the food items that give you a game piece:

  • Medium Fountain Drinks
  • Medium and Large Iced and Blended McCafé® beverages incl. Smoothies and Frappés (excludes large Iced Coffee and excludes McCafé® Shakes)
  • Hash Browns
  • Big Mac®
  • 10-piece Chicken McNuggets
  • Egg McMuffin (excludes Sausage McMuffin)
  • Oatmeal
  • Filet-O-Fish
  • 20-piece Chicken McNuggets – two game pieces
  • Large Fries – two game pieces

Cheapest game pieces: The Hash Browns remain the cheapest way to get game pieces if you’re going to buy them. In past years, people have been able to just buy the pieces without the food (so you aren’t compelled to eat or throw out a lot of hash browns).

How to Get Almost Free Game Pieces

Alternatively, you can get game pieces without purchase by sending a handwritten, self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
2011 MONOPOLY Game at McDonald’s Game Piece Request
P.O. Box 49180
Strongsville, OH 44149-0180

Not entirely free, it’ll cost you two envelopes and 88 cents worth of stamps… unless you live in Vermont. If you live in Vermont, you do not have to put return postage on the self-addressed envelope but it still needs to be handwritten (so 44 cents instead of 88).

If you don’t want to buy the food and don’t want to address a million envelopes, you can always “dumpster dive.” If you don’t want to hop into a dumpster, ask other people in the store if they want their game pieces. With so many people going to McDonald’s on a regular basis, it’s no surprise that plenty of pieces go unopened. Some people just don’t care and you can benefit from it.

Trading Game Pieces

Trading game pieces is expressly forbidden in the game rules with a few exceptions (usually for younger participants to transfer them to their parents) but vibrant property trading and selling communities, such as Fatwallet Forums, do exist. Every year the comments on this site and a post on Fatwallet become big deal making threads. Trade at your peril with the understanding that it’s against the rules.

Who Won Last Year?

The winner of the 2010 prize was Jonathan Kehoe from West Allis, Wisconsin, just west of Milwaukee. It’s a nice story of a man who’d been on unemployment and pulled the winning pieces off a medium soda. According to the story, he pulled Boardwalk and Park Place at the same time. The 2009 winner also pulled the game pieces off a drink (sweet tea). I wonder what food item this year’s winner will come from? (another drink?)

If you have a hankering for some legal mumbo jumbo, here are the full official rules. Good luck!

(Photo: sundazed)

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2,679 Responses to “How To Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game”

  1. savita ghisiawan says:

    good morning

    i have #333 #322 #335 #323

    this is my phone #(917) 916-6938

    text or call me any time if i win

  2. Anonymous says:

    I got this boardwalk piece. That good?

  3. Wild says:

    Hi everyone!! Listen, if you have ventor, please email me with your prices and or what you want for it!!!! my email is: jarjarbinks55@gmail.com

    Thankya soooo much!!
    -wild

  4. Wild says:

    If anyone needs #335 #337 #325 #344 contact me at: jarjarbinks55@gmail.com thanks
    -wild

  5. Wild says:

    I need #336 to btw so if yo u have it contact me :

    jarjarbinks55@gmail.com
    thxs-wild

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have #323,#322,#326, i really want to win

  7. Lily Sullivan says:

    I just got park place. Anyone have Boardwalk and want to split the difference??

  8. Akiva says:

    I have the following pieces
    MAGENTA (3) #326 and #327
    GREEN (2) #329 and #338
    BLUE #341
    RED #333 #334
    ORANGE #331
    YELLOW #337
    LIGHT BLUE #323
    RAILROADS #343 #344

    email me at kek0502@hotmail.com and lets work out a deal

  9. Ashley says:

    Hey all, I have #343, #339 & #335. E-mail me amccann1983@gmail.com

  10. Janessa says:

    Who’d like to partner up on game pieces? Sharing works… Better than nothing at all. My pieces: 323, 327, 329, 331, 333, 334, 335, 337, 338, 339, 341, 343, 344 & 345.

  11. Janessa says:

    I also have 325

  12. Bree says:

    i have park place #341….if anyone wants to make a serious deal email me @ kela0468@aol.com….

  13. Fernando says:

    Hi i have 325,326,329,331,334,335,339,343,345. (2816305856)

  14. SAMMY says:

    Who’d like to partner up on game pieces? 337 327 326 323
    Email me at alaouirayaan@gmail.com

  15. SGK says:

    I have Park Place #341, North Carolina #339, Reading Railroad #343, and Indiana Ave #333… Let me know if anyone is willing to partner up.

    Text me at 214-215-1909

  16. SGK says:

    I have Park Place #341, North Carolina #339, Reading Railroad #343, and Indiana Ave #333… Let me know if anyone is willing to partner up.

    Text me at 214-215-1909

  17. Monique C. says:

    I have 3 #341 park place game pieces and I would be more than happy to split the money. 1/2 million is more than nothing !😊

  18. el fuerte says:

    anyone have #340? 10 g’s for it… email me lilchiko7@aol.com

  19. Conner says:

    I have the park place piece #341, if anyone has a board walk piece i am willing to split the money 30 70 (i get 30 , you get 70). If you would like to make the deal email me at chill8160@gmail.com

  20. sean says:

    i have 323, 325, 326, 327, 331, 333, 334, 338, 339, 341, 343, 344, and 345. if you are interested we can parter up, TEXT me only at 419672 eight eight 5 three. thanks

  21. Richard says:

    I have the following Game Pieces:
    322,323,326,327,331,333,334,335,337,339,343,344,345
    Email me at vectorsalesrep@gmail.com
    or Call and leave a Voicemail 7402146607

  22. Toni says:

    I have
    Park place
    Pacific Ave
    Marvin Gardens
    Atlantic Ave
    Indiana Ave
    Illinios Ave
    New York AVe
    St James Pl
    St Charles
    States Ave
    Connecticut Ave
    B&O
    Reading
    Pennsylvania
    Baltic

    Email me Tonemaster21@gmail.com
    make trade or deal

  23. SCB says:

    People, if you DO NOT have #336 (Ventor) do not waste my time emailing me: thevisionandthereality@gmail.com

    I have #335 and #337. Willing to split!

  24. Alvo says:

    I’ve for the following:

    I NEED #’s:
    342
    340
    336
    332
    330

    Call/Text me @ 248-761-0027 quick to partner up!

  25. McDlover says:

    OOMMGG I GOT BOARDWALKK IN YOUR FACE SUCKERRRSSSSSS!!!!!


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