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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. McDlover says:

    since they stopped putting them on cups i went to the recycling bins and started digging and found boardwalkk!!!!! THATS WHATS UPP!!!

  2. mysticamythist says:

    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
    ~~~

    I’m hoping that there are not this many stupid people around. . .ahem. . those posting their contact information thinking everyone else that has eaten at McDonald’s doesn’t also have every COMMON piece that they have.

  3. Keya says:

    R u for real ? If so email me a copy of the boardwalk game piece n cll 8033946009 !

  4. McDloverWON says:

    mcdlover won monopoly million i called her upp thats A BUMMER ):

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi my name is Monasia and if anyone is serious about splitting here is what i have so email me at:Mellowifey20@hotmail.com

    PARK PLACE
    PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
    READING RAILROAD
    B&O RAILROAD
    ST.CHARLES PLACE
    STATES AVENUE
    MARVIN GARDENS
    PACIFIC AVENUE
    NORTH CAROLINA AVENUE
    INDIANA AVENUE
    ILLINOIS AVENUE
    NEW YORK AVENUE
    ST.JAMES PLACE
    BALTIC AVENUE
    CONNECTICUT AVENUE
    ORIENTAL AVENUE

  6. Anonymous says:

    7489D15VLBH

    WLKVH2R3GV5

    8TQR1RWJM6J

    MCDFORREAL

    FREECODEMCR
    i have all these

    • a says:

      is there more? can i have more plzz

      • The Giver says:

        I’ve the following numbers:

        (4) #338
        (2) #339

        (5) #334
        (3) #333

        (4) #341

        (8) #329
        (1) #331

        (4) #343
        (1) #344
        (2) #345

        (3) #323
        (3) #325

        (4) #326
        (3) #327

        (1) #322

        (3) #335
        (1) #337

        Send your e-mail of what you need and it’s yours: pittmon_kl@yahoo.com

        • The Giver says:

          I’ve the following numbers:

          (1) #322 – Mediterranean Ave.

          (3) #323 – Oriental Ave.
          (3) #325 – Conn. Ave.

          (4) #326 – St. Charles Place
          (3) #327 – States Ave.

          (8) #329 – St. James Place
          (1) #331 – New York Ave.

          (3) #333 – Indiana Ave.
          (5) #334 – Illinois Ave.

          (3) #335 – Atlantic Ave.
          (1) #337 – Marvin Gardens

          (4) #338 – Pacific Ave.
          (2) #339 – North Carolina Ave.

          (4) #341 – Park Place

          (4) #343 –Reading Railroad
          (1) #344 – Pennsylvania Railroad
          (2) #345 – Short Line Railroad
          Let’s make a legal deal, send me an e-mail if you are serious: pittmon_kl@yahoo.com

          • The Giver says:

            Correction on the names as of 11/07/2011 @12:56 pm EST
            I’ve the following numbers:
            (1) #322 – Baltic Ave.

            (3) #323 – Oriental Ave.
            (3) #325 – Conn. Ave.

            (4) #326 – St. Charles Place
            (3) #327 – States Ave.

            (8) #329 – St. James Place
            (1) #331 – New York Ave.

            (3) #333 – Indiana Ave.
            (5) #334 – Illinois Ave.

            (3) #335 – Atlantic Ave.
            (1) #337 – Marvin Gardens

            (4) #338 – Pacific Ave.
            (2) #339 – North Carolina Ave.

            (4) #341 – Park Place

            (4) #343 –Reading Railroad
            (1) #344 – Pennsylvania Railroad
            (2) #345 – B&O Railroad
            Let’s make a deal, send me an e-mail if you are serious: pittmon_kl@yahoo.com

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have Park Place as well. Anybody in Oklahoma wanna split the prize? fax info: 580-223-2754. Posted October 29, 2011

  8. jacob says:

    i just need pennslvania avenue, kentucky avenue and ventor. anyone that has those lets partner as you can not sell or trade pieces against game rules. email me only if you have pennslyvania avenue, kentucky or ventor. i have all the other pieces to collect those top prizes. i am willing to split the prize any way you would be willing to split if you have kentucky, pennslvyania and ventor. email me v8sho@hotmail.com

  9. Bree says:

    Email me with a list of pieces you have to trade pieces. Breemonopoly@gmail.com

  10. Trock says:

    I got park place if anyone with boardwalk wants to make $500k. Djtimrock13 at yahoo.

  11. SWAGG says:

    I have Connecticut Avenue and Baltic avenue just like Anonymous!!!!!!!!!! :D

  12. tom says:

    we all have parkplace!

  13. Rooney says:

    I have 2 board walks wtf

  14. C C says:

    I have 2 North Carolina Ave,2Indiana Avenue, 1 Penn.Railroad,1 Park Place,1 States Ave, 1 St.James Place If U Need any of them….

  15. Mary says:

    ONLY SERIOUS REPLY!!!!

    I have the following:
    #327 States Avenue
    #326 States Avenue
    #338 Pacific Avenue
    #335 Atlantic Avenue
    #343 Reading Railroad
    #344 Pennsylvania Railroad
    #338 Pacific Avenue
    #337 Marvin Gardens
    #329 St James Place
    #345 B & O Railroad
    #322 Baltic Avenue
    #341 Park Place
    #322 Baltic Avenue
    #323 Oriental Avenue
    #334 Illionois Avenue
    #333 Indiana Avenue
    #326 St Charles Place

    I AM WILLING TO TRADE WITH ANYONE SO WE BOTH CAN WIN. Either go in all together or trade eachother out. PLEASE SERIOUS REPLIES ONLY.

    Email at: Maryabs101@yahoo.com

    God bless

  16. Isabel says:

    I have ParkPlace (341) If you have Boardwalk email me at TinaRascon13@yahoo.com , We can pair up and split 50/50k

  17. rex says:

    Anyone want to trade?

    I have:

    #333
    #341
    #327
    #326
    #329
    #343
    #335
    #337

  18. Mike says:

    i have PARK PLACE. willing to SPLIT. text me @ 732 788 0220

  19. Anonymous says:

    you people are ignorant as hell.. PARK PLACE IS COMMON

  20. Betty Bernard says:

    My son, Guy Bernard, won a video game and they said it should arrive in about 6 weeks. This was a while before Christmas (the last game). They verified it and told him to expect it but he did not receive it. He lives in Williams Lake BC. Please send your answer to me as he contacted you through my email address and I can contact him by phone or pass his contact information on to you on my email.

    Thank you, Betty Bernard for Guy Bernard

  21. yomama says:

    stop saying I have park place everyone does if you have boardwalk then you can start talking but until then shutup

  22. Anonymous says:

    i cant belive it i just won a ipad im so happy :)

  23. Anonymous says:

    hi i have white hall and pentonville road

  24. Anonymous says:

    Laughing at all the dumb people. Ahh… that’s good stuff. Wow. So dumb.

  25. Richard Brown says:

    why i can’t just take here? somebody knows?


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