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How To Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game, 2013 Edition

 by Jim Wang Email   Print

This post covers the 2013 version of the McDonald’s Monopoly game. Here is the post covering the 2014 Edition of the McDonald’s Monopoly game.

If you’re like me, you look forward to the McDonald’s Monopoly game every single year. If you thought this year’s game would start in the fall, well you’re in store for a real treat.

This year the McDonald’s Monopoly game will be starting a whopping two months earlier than last year. This year’s game started on July 16th and will run until August 12th. I don’t know why they started the game so early but it likely messed up preparations for so many Monopoly fans. (The last few years, the game started in September)

As we’ve done every year, we go over the rules and regulations to put together this guide to winning the McDonald’s Monopoly game. As is the case every year, it depends mostly on luck but with our guide you can have a better informed gaming experience. As was the case last year, the prize pool is bigger with two Boardwalk pieces, and McDonald’s is more transparent with the odds by publishing the probability you get every piece (even the common ones).

Overall, besides changing some of the prizes and the probabilities, the game hasn’t changed in many years. You can get game pieces by purchasing food from McDonald’s or mailing it self-addressed stamped envelopes. Those pieces will be a mix of instant win, for food, money, and other prizes, and game properties. Match up monopolies with the game properties and you win an even bigger prize. There are usually two common pieces and one rare piece.

2013 Rare Game Pieces & Prizes

There is always one rare piece and two common pieces in each monopoly (with the exception of Park Place/Boardwalk because there are only two pieces). The common pieces are really common (Park Place is 1 in 11) and the rare piece is really rare (Boardwalk is 1 in 3,050,412,898). Get the rare piece and you pretty much win the prize.

The key is to get that rare piece, which is usually the last one when you list all the properties in alphabetical order. Last year, they only published the probability to get the prize. This year, they’ve once again published the probabilities of each piece.

For 2013, there were some adjustments to the rarities, prize pool, and what your prizes were. Here are the monopoly prizes, listed based on the rare pieces (probability is the probability of the monopoly, not of getting the rare piece):

 Property Prize # Avail. Odds Mediterranean Ave \$1,000 Cash 20 1 in 152,520,645 Vermont Ave \$5,000 Cash 15 1 in 578,695,060 Virginia Ave \$10,000 Cash 3 1 in 686,411,977 Tennessee Ave Super Bowl XLVIII Trip for two 1 1 in 2,897,127,759 Kentucky Ave Delta Vacations Trip for two 2 1 in 72,428,194 Ventnor Ave \$20,000 2 1 in 1,419,702,416 Pennsylvania Ave 2014 FIAT® 500L 15 1 in 189,293,656 Boardwalk \$1,000,000 2 1 in 3,050,412,898 Short Line Railroad Shell Fuel for a Year 4 1 in 5,945,378,686

• Mediterranean Avenue (\$1,000 prize, 20 prizes) – 1 in 152,520,645
• Vermont Avenue (\$5,000 prize, 15 prizes)- 1 in 578,695,060
• Virginia Avenue (\$10,000, 3 prizes) – 1 in 686,411,977
• Tennessee Avenue (Super Bowl XLVIII Trip for two (2) from EA SPORTS, 1 prize)- 1 in 2,897,127,759
• Kentucky Avenue (Delta Vacations Trip for two (2) to any one Delta Vacations Destination, 2 prizes) – 1 in 72,428,194
• Ventnor Avenue (\$20,000, 2 prizes) – 1 in 1,419,702,416
• Pennsylvania Avenue (2014 FIAT® 500L, 15 prizes) – 1 in 189,293,656
• Boardwalk (\$1,000,000, 2 prize) – 1 in 3,050,412,898
• Short Line Railroad (Shell Fuel for a Year, 4 prizes) – 1 in 5,945,378,686

The prize pool and the odds of winning are about the same this year. The big change from last year that they kept for this year is that there are two potential Boardwalk winners. Until last year, there was only ever one winner.

In-Store Instant Win Prizes

In addition to the monopoly property prizes, you have the instant win prizes (such as an Arch Card pictured above), which you discover just by ripping off the pieces from the packaging. They’re essentially coupons you can use immediately.

The instant win prizes for 2013 are:

• 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 or Blu-Ray Rental
• My Coke Rewards 40-Point Bundles
• \$5 Arch Card (new!)
• EA SPORTS Ten Dollar (\$10) Promotion Code (new!)
• \$10 Shell Gift Card (new!)
• Hasbro Monopoly Board Game
• \$25 Shell Gift Card (new!)
• Shutterfly 8×8 Photo Book (new!)
• \$50 Cash
• EA Sports Video Game
• urBeats Earphones (new!)
• \$100 Cash (new!)
• Panasonic LUMIX® TS20 Digital Still Camera (new!)
• Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Speaker (new!)
• Panasonic VIERA® 50-inch Class Plasma HDTV (new!)
• NHL® All-Star Weekend Trip
• EA SPORTS Ultimate Game Room
• \$5,000 Cash
• EA SPORTS NFL Game Experience (new!)
• Beaches Resorts Vacation (new!)
• Ace Hardware \$7,500 Home Fixup (new!)
• NFL Pro Bowl Experience (new!)
• 2013 FIAT 500 Hatchback (new!)
• 2013 FIAT 500 Cabrio (new!)
• \$20,000 Cash
• \$100,000 Cash

Last year, McDonald’s Arch cards replaced Wal-Mart gift cards. This year, some of those Arch cards were replaced with Shell gift cards. There appears to be a partnership with Beats by Dre, Ace Hardware, and a continued partnership with EA Sports. Panasonic throws in a 50″ plasma HDTV and a digital camera too.

Online Instant Win Prizes

Finally, as if the instant win and the pieces aren’t enough, you can enter codes online for additional chances to win prizes. The string of alphanumeric characters at the bottom of each piece is a code you can enter online. The codes themselves don’t determine who wins, it’s based on time. At set points during the day, the computer decides someone will win. The first person to enter a valid code after the time will win the prize.

Free Play Code (I’ll add more as they are available):

PLAYYOURMCD
MYCOKEPLAYS
SHELLFUELIT
REDBOXPLAYS
PLAYBEACHES
MAKETHEPLAY
FORYOURGAME
MAKEITDELTA
ACETHEPRIZE
CIAOFIATMCD

Here are the instant win prizes for 2013:

• Redbox One Night DVD Rental – 1,000,000 prizes
• 40 My Coke Rewards Points – 500,000
• EA Sports \$10 Promotion Code – 250,000
• 1,000 My Coke Rewards Points – 42
• \$50 Cash – 300
• \$40 Shell Gift Card – 500
• EA Sports Game – 500
• \$100 Cash – 240
• \$500 Cash – 20
• Ace Hardware \$7,500 – 1
• \$20,000 – 1
• 2013 FIAT 500 Cabrio – 1

After an increase in the number of prizes last year, McDonald’s has reduced the number of the higher value prizes and replaced them with a boon in the lower prizes. There are now literally a million Redbox rental codes, versus only a few hundred thousand last year. It’s a trend that continued from the year before. In 2011, there were seven \$5,000 prizes and a prize for ten grand. Last year, there were several Beaches vacations and other high dollar prizes. This year, they have a \$20,000 cash and a car but otherwise pulled out a bunch of the mid-tier prizes.

How to Get McDonald’s Monopoly Game Pieces

The way to get game pieces hasn’t changed this year, you have two choices here. The first is to go to a McDonald’s location and buy food. The list of food items that give you prizes has remained entirely unchanged from last year (along with how many game pieces you get):

• Medium Fountain Drinks
• Medium and Large Iced and Blended McCafé® beverages incl. Smoothies and Frappés
• Medium and Large McCafé® Iced Coffee
• Medium, Large or Extra Large Minute Maid® Premium Orange Juice
• Hash Browns
• Big Mac®
• Egg White Delight McMuffin, Egg McMuffin and Sausage McMuffin with Egg (excludes Sausage McMuffin though)
• Oatmeal
• Filet-O-Fish
• 10-piece Chicken McNuggets
• 20-piece Chicken McNuggets – two game pieces (four peels)
• Large Fries – two game pieces (four peels)

Cheapest Food for Pieces: This hasn’t changed in years but the cheapest food you can buy to get pieces are the hash browns. My local McDonald’s sells hash browns for \$1 or two for \$1.49. In years past, people have just paid to get the containers and not gotten food so they don’t waste it. Some places won’t allow this since they inventory product.

Mail In Instructions for Game Pieces

In order for a game like this to be legal, they need a “no purchase necessary” option. For McDonald’s Monopoly game, you need to send in a hand-written self-addressed stamped envelope in order to receive two game pieces mailed back to you. It must be hand written. The addresses need to match and you need to mail it in after July 2nd, 2013 and no later than August 12, 2013 (when the game ends). Be sure to include your full name, street address, city, state, and ZIP code (you don’t want them to disqualify you for a dumb reason). There does not appear to be a limit to how many you can request.

Last year, we hand wrote a hundred letters for the McDonalds Monopoly, mailed them in, and then chronicled the results. Let’s just say the results were pretty entertaining. 🙂

The address (it is a different PO Box from last year):
2013 MONOPOLY Game at McDonald’s Game Piece Request
P.O. Box 49419
Strongsville, OH 44149-0419

The only cost to you is the cost of postage, 92 cents, and you can leave off return postage if you live in Vermont. You may have to prove residency according to the rules but it’s not clear how they check.

Mail vs. Hash Browns

The cost of hash browns will vary from store to store so this comparison may not be accurate for your area. That said, the cost of two hash browns is \$1.49 and the cost of a SASE is 92 cents. Given the time it would take for you to fill out two envelopes (plus they cost money) versus driving to and walking into a store to buy hash browns, it’s really up to you. Personally, I think I’d rather buy the hash browns than write all those letters.

Dumpster Diving

Dumpster diving is always another option if you’re really interested in getting game pieces, don’t want to write letters, and don’t mind getting a little dirty. I’ve never done it, I don’t really have any tips, so do this at your own risk. It would be cool if one of you found an instant win piece for a free vacation… let me know if it happens!

Not to be a Debbie Downer but the rules forbid the trading, buying and selling of game pieces. We don’t condone it either, we believe you should play within the confines of the rules of the game.

That said, people do it on message boards and the like. You can see it in the comments on any blog post that discusses the game and there are thousands of people willing to trade you common pieces for rare ones. You can also search online for people to trade with but just be aware that most of them will be scammers. As always, trade at your own risk.

To build this guide, we relied on our own experience and the official rules, posted here. If you hate reading rules, here’s some fun trivia about the game from previous years.

Did you win anything from last year’s contest? If so, please share in the comments!

(Photo: McDonalds Sign by _skynet, Big Mac Meal by Credit: Simon Miller)

813 Responses to “How To Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game, 2013 Edition”

1. Anonymous says:

i need 450!!! ill pay you whatever you want please !!!!iwant to win the car for my mom )’:

2. Anonymous says:

I have Boardwalk am millionaire
Idont really need it
How whant it let me know

• Terri Estay says:

I have Park Place , Do you want to combine the & Split the prize , That would be 500,000 for you & 500,000 for me ? Please Reply Back

• Bjay says:

Send me the boardwalk go halfers?
BJoe 949.228.0042

• Amber says:

Are you serious? I have parkplace! Help me if you are please! Amautrey8811@gmail.com

• Anonymous says:

Do you still have the boardwalk piece?

• Mark says:

Whats Up with that Boardwalk, We can throw a party on an island for a wknd and get ratchet. lol foreal though

• Lashonda Merriman says:

• Momof4 says:

I’ll take it! I need it!

• Anonymous says:

Meeee i have park place!

• Anonymous says:

I have park place and I am struggling with 4 children as a single parent and its hard. I could really use the money. Any amount of money would help, even if its 300 thousand. I don’t have to go half I just need help.

• Kimberly Turner says:

We are struggling. I am on disability and can not work. I help my daughter take care of her 5 children while she works as she cannot afford daycare. If I got this money. I would give tithe to God first of all and then pay my debts. If any left over I would help less fortunate people also. Thank you so much for your consideration. God bless you. Kimberly.

• Tiffany says:

I’ll take the McDonalds monopoly boardwalk game piece.

• Lamarr says:

send it to me..you can contact me at back2beatz@yahoo.com

• herseybar says:

That’s pretty lucky. I would gladly love to have your broadwalk we can split but you can decide the splitting

• drummer says:

I would really like to have boardwalk, please. You can have however much. We need the money to get off the streets with our daughter. Text me 9403723799

it would be nice to be a millionaire thx

• nikki says:

I want it I have park p.

• Quin says:

I REALLY need that one, are you serious??

• Sean says:

wow

I would take it if you were serious

• Vicki says:

Do you really have boardwalk? for someone who claims to be a millionaire you sure can’t spell just saying

3. geralyn says:

ANYONE HAVE A BOARDWALK?????WILLING TO SPLIT…OR OR MARVIN GARDENS???? CALL/ TEXTED ME: 845-269-0445

• Cj says:

I have Marvin Gardens hit me up at chajon2417@yahoo.com

• Anonymous says:

I have marvin gardens. Totally willing to split if u are legit

• Mark says:

I have Marvins Gardens. Live in TX

• it is Cindi says:

Hey mark I live in texas too what’s going on with the monopoly stamps

• j says:

I have marvin gardens!

• Mira says:

Geralyn- I have Marvin Gardens.
Call me 443.756.9269

• Dave says:

I have like 4 Marvin Gardens.

4. shaun says:

I need # 446. Please, I will send you a \$1,000 in the mail for the help

5. Anonymous says:

I have Park Place I would be willing to split the money.The money would really help me out I have a family of 9 and we need a place to live

6. Anonymous says:

I have park place all I want is 100\$ so if u give me boardwalk ill give u the other 999,900\$

7. Don't fall for them says:

there are a bunch of prizes out there like the 1 million dollar one. If you get the boardwalk you should be the luckiest person alive!!! NEVER trade it for Park place. Park place chances are 1 in 10 so just buy a few more big macs (take the monopoly pieces and you can just throw away the food bit (if you don’t want it) and BOOM you get 1 MILLION dollars. Easily without having to split the money with scammers. DON’T EVER GIVE AWAY RARE PIECES EVER IF YOU GET ONE YOU BASICALLY WIN!!!! (no need to split the cash)

8. geralyn says:

oppssss…nevermind.i got mistakes i don’t need marvin gardens…i have it. I need VENTNOR AVENUE…OR BOARDWALK..

9. Anonymous says:

Mcdonalds make millions of dollars a day they should make it easier to won the 2000 or 20,000 prize or maybe 1 mill

10. Mira says:

I HAVE PARK PLACE!
443.756.9269

11. Anonymous says:

I need #450, #442, #434 please!! If you have them email me at crochetcharmel@gmail.com

12. Dwight says:

Bob just plunked like 30 of you

13. Anonymous says:

I need #452 for the \$1,000,000.
I need #446 for the \$20,000.
I need #438 for the \$10,000.
I need #434 for the \$5,000.
I need #431 for the \$1,000.
I need #450 for the FIAT 500L prize.
I need #440 for a Super Bowl trip from EA Sports.

14. ReallyGuys says:

Guys, do you really think anyone that has Boardwalk or any significant piece wants to share the prize?

Use your brain, it’s a scam, especially the one wanting you to “deposit 10k\$”. LOLLLL

15. brian says:

What i need
red 442 444
Orange 440
Yellow 446
Green 450
Dark blue 452
Baby blue 434
Pink 438
Brown 431

16. I HAVE PARK PLACE!!! says:

OMG!! To the guy asking for a deposit in exchange for the Boardwalk piece, I HAVE \$30K, my life savings… I am willing to deposit in your account before you give me the board walk piece… I will give you \$250,000 of the money… only because it is going to be taxed hard. Giving you \$400K would leave me with less, after taxes. How do you want to do this… I have the \$30K… I figure, if I am going to get a million, was is \$30K? I WANT THAT BOARD WALK PIECE! I need have have my operation… Im getting my feet done. Long story… Years of hunting possums have left my feet utterly disgusting from rabies infections and running barefoot in alleys, climbing up telephone poles, and hitting my toes against garbage dumpsters. I really need this money.

• Quin says:

be careful of SCAMMERS!!!!!!!

17. chris says:

I have 3 park place. Yes I’m fat I know … Anyone wana make a pair n split 40/60… I’ll take 40%

• whatever says:

do you not read? park place is uber popular…seriously over a billion of them where printed.

18. alan says:

Send a pic of ticket please

19. john doe says:

All the people replying to the guys who claim they have boardwalk or another rare piece must be complete morons. LMAO! For anyone to dumb to know the odds of getting one of the rare pieces, it’s like 250 millions pieces to one. There is only 2 boardwalk pieces in the game. There is only a few of the other rare pieces in the entire game as well. You have better odds of playing the powerball lottery. In fact, you’d probably have 10,000 better odds of winning a million dollars in Vegas at the machines than playing this game for Mcdonalds. LMAO AGAIN LOSERS! Keep wasting your money and getting fatter at the same time.

20. Jessie says:

I need help I want to win the 20,000 dollar prize and would give up game pieces or split the parkplace and boardwalk prize. email me at jessiejr23@gmail.com

21. Cristy says:

No story, everyone has there own reason’s…

I need 450, 446,434,440,& 442.

My email is analop5@aol.com

• NONE says:

sorry I don’t have the pieces you need but I must say it is refreshing that your not throwing some BS sob story on people. If i end up getting a piece ill let you know. I need 452, 450, 431, 439 and 440, 456, 442, 446, 436 and 438, and 434

• whatever says:

you can’t have all the prizes that’s just mean.

22. Denise says:

I have park place also. as well as North Carolina and Pacific.

23. Denise says:

I need 452, 450, 446, 442, 439 and 440, 434, 456, and 431

• whatever says:

you can’t have all the prizes, just saying.

24. Denise says:

just an FYI:

For 2013, there were some adjustments to the rarities, prize pool, and what your prizes were. Here are the monopoly prizes, listed based on the rare pieces (probability is the probability of the monopoly, not of getting the rare piece):

Property Prize # Avail. Odds
Mediterranean Ave \$1,000 Cash
20
1 in 152,520,645
Vermont Ave \$5,000 Cash
15
1 in 578,695,060
Virginia Ave \$10,000 Cash
3
1 in 686,411,977
Tennessee Ave Super Bowl XLVIII Trip for two
1
1 in 2,897,127,759
Kentucky Ave Delta Vacations Trip for two
2
1 in 72,428,194
Ventnor Ave \$20,000
2
1 in 1,419,702,416
Pennsylvania Ave 2014 FIAT® 500L
15
1 in 189,293,656
Boardwalk \$1,000,000
2
1 in 3,050,412,898
Short Line Railroad Shell Fuel for a Year
4
1 in 5,945,378,686

◾Mediterranean Avenue (\$1,000 prize, 20 prizes) – 1 in 152,520,645
◾Vermont Avenue (\$5,000 prize, 15 prizes)- 1 in 578,695,060
◾Virginia Avenue (\$10,000, 3 prizes) – 1 in 686,411,977
◾Tennessee Avenue (Super Bowl XLVIII Trip for two (2) from EA SPORTS, 1 prize)- 1 in 2,897,127,759
◾Kentucky Avenue (Delta Vacations Trip for two (2) to any one Delta Vacations Destination, 2 prizes) – 1 in 72,428,194
◾Ventnor Avenue (\$20,000, 2 prizes) – 1 in 1,419,702,416
◾Pennsylvania Avenue (2014 FIAT® 500L, 15 prizes) – 1 in 189,293,656
◾Boardwalk (\$1,000,000, 2 prize) – 1 in 3,050,412,898
◾Short Line Railroad (Shell Fuel for a Year, 4 prizes) – 1 in 5,945,378,686

The prize pool and the odds of winning are about the same this year. The big change from last year that they kept for this year is that there are two potential Boardwalk winners. Until last year, there was only ever one winner.

In-Store Instant Win Prizes

• Jamaal ford says:

I got park place

25. Kassi says:

I have
Marvin garden #447
Park place #451
Atlantic ave #445
Oriental ave #443
Connecticut ave #435
Illinoise ave #444
St James place #439
St Charles place #436
Pacific ave #448
Indiana ave #443