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How To Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game, 2013 Edition

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McDonalds SignIf 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

McDonalds Monopoly 2012 Game PiecesThere 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

McDonald's Arch CardIn 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!)
  • Headphones (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

McDonald's Meal
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
  • Premium McWrap
  • 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

Mail for McDonald's Monopoly GameIn 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!

Trading & Buying Game Pieces

Official RulesNot 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)

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

  1. Quin says:

    WHAT STATE IS #446???

  2. Brandon says:

    OmG!! I have Boardwalk but I’m not splitting anything with anyone unless you are a super hot chic that is going to be giving me road head anytime we go anywhere and only if your friends can join in any time I want. I want to have all of my fantasies fulfilled. If you believe you are the one I am looking for send me some good pics. Boggs128@marshall.edu

    • Karen says:

      That is really unfair of you especially when any kind of money is better than being broke. Im a single parent of 3 kids and would appreciate the split.

    • Vicki says:

      Hi

      I am not looking to hook up but I do have park place would like to talk to you if you really have Boardwalk or is this a joke? Just trying to get a business started and this would really help me out a lot Thanks Vicki

    • straitgirl says:

      really????????? You would lose 500,000(- taxes and thats splitting 50/50) just because you want a banging chic that will fulfill your every fantasy? With that kind of money you could buy your own fantasies…………I think i would think twice about that one. You just made your odds even harder my friend..

  3. taxes says:

    Hi all, i been keeping all my McDonalds receipts on all of my purchases to hedge of any imposed taxes if i win big. My food prize winnings are so minimal less than $25 so no taxes here ….boy am i lucky still. Any major winnings for 2013 yet?

    • taxes says:

      I certainly do not want the “Go directly to jail” card.

      • taxes says:

        I have all the game common games pieces but you can only enter 10 codes or stamps per day online. With 2 days left I can only get thirty entries (10 per day) online, what about the other 87 pieces? Can I still play these entered online pieces by mail if combined with the non-online 87 pieces in the event that I do win a rare or odd game piece? Or is this cheating?

  4. Dream says:

    Yeah! I won Ventnor Ave, but it was only a dream so I went off to McDonalds for breakfast and no true winnings.

  5. RCXD says:

    I will have any of the rare pieces i live in orlando florida

  6. RCXD says:

    I will have medditeranean,kentucky,boardwalk,ventnor,pennsylvania,tenesse,virginia,or vermont avenue.again,i live in orlando florida.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I did not know there was instant $ winners other than the “Collect & Win” board game pieces, has anyone won these yet?
    Available game pieces Cash “Instant Win”
    10,000 $50.00
    5,700 $100.00
    15 $5,000.00
    3 $20,000.00
    2 $100,000.00

  8. Jessie says:

    I did not know there was instant $ winners other than the “Collect & Win” board game pieces, has anyone won these yet?

    Available game pieces Cash “Instant Win”
    10,000 $50.00
    5,700 $100.00
    15 $5,000.00
    3 $20,000.00
    2 $100,000.00

  9. Beezy says:

    Missing

    Mediterranean Ave,Virginia Ave, Tennessee Ave, Ventnor Ave, Pennsylvania Ave, Boardwalk (of course) and Short line… If you have any combos i’d be willing to split 50/50 …Email me Crystal4830@yahoo.com

  10. josh says:

    Hey every body I am a college student and need the Short line railroad piece so that i can get the gas for a year to travel back and forth from Vermont to North Carolina where I live to study at the culinary school in Vermont and to take care of my grandma up there whose husband died in 2005. if you can help me out text me at 3369571949. No scams I promise this is legit.

  11. carissa says:

    Does anyone have the short line railroad piece #456?

  12. mullenbeast says:

    I have boardwalk need park place

  13. Armando says:

    I have Park Place. If you really have Boardwalk, than we can share the prize. I couold really use it. I’m a Military Vet, I got hurt on the job and am now on workers’compensation disability for over two months now. I would payoff my debt, my home and help my family get the things they need in Panama. And it would help me get to see my only child in Texas.
    I have these game pices. If you have the other matching pices, then please contact me by email. and we can split the prizes. GOD is Good.

    Park Place. # 451
    Pacific Ave. # 448
    North Carolina. # 449
    Atlantic Ave. #445
    Marvin Gardens. #447
    St Charles Place. #436
    State Ave. #437
    Reading RR. # 453
    Pennsylvania RR. # 454
    B & O RR. # 455
    Connecticut Ave. # 435
    Oriental Ave. # 433

  14. coop says:

    I Have park place need boardwalk whoever has boardwalk let’s split 1 million

  15. babie says:

    have park plcae like four of them i need pennsylvania ave help please

  16. Leona says:

    I am in Georgia I need boardwalk 452 do anyone have it
    Email me Tonight Lngis9@outlook.com or Lngis9@gmail.com

  17. Hutsons says:

    I have 11 “Redbox free rental” codes that I’d like to trade for “My Coke Rewards 40-point bundle” codes. I’ll trade 1 for 1. Please e-mail me at hutsons@mail.com if you can help.

  18. Ty says:

    I need Park Place 452, I’ll split winnings

  19. Anonymous says:

    With all these common game pieces, I was anticipating to win anything big with just that lucky rare game piece. I think Mickey D will just go over and “hand-deliver” all rare stamp piece winnings to any charity organization of their choice to avoid US tax tolls. This kind of cheating is acceptable to all forms of government as it is for a “good cause”. Never mind the rest of us that spend all our nickels and dimes in efforts to win too.

  20. SymiahC says:

    I live in florida i need numbers
    #446
    #436
    #438
    #452
    #448
    #450
    #431
    #434
    If anyone has any of these numbers please email me if you are serious. cummingss490@gmail.com

  21. Angel says:

    I got park place (451) if anyone has (452) ill split it with you 50/50. Honestly I don’t need all it comes with so I’m legit. Text 646 490 0031. I’m located in New York Great Neck.

  22. Mila from Seattle, WA says:

    I reside in Seattle, Washington – I need:

    #438 – pink
    #431- brown
    #452 – blue
    #449 & 450 – green
    #446 & 447 – yellow
    #440 & 441 – orange
    #434 & 435 – light blue
    #442 – red
    #456 – railroad

    Let me know.

  23. straitgirl says:

    Mullenbeast, if you really honestly and truly have boardwalk and u really want to share the winnings, prove that you have the winning game piece and post your email address. Those of us that are interested can contact you. You have the rare piece and we obviously have the common pieces.

  24. Lily says:

    Listen guys! Everyone has Park Place…I have two of them. Whoever gets Boardwalk will also have Park Place so why would they want to split with you guys?!? McDonald’s made ONE Boardwalk piece compared to hundreds of thousands of Park Place pieces.

  25. asswipe says:

    I have 2 Boardwalks will trade one for a park place.

    • Anonymous says:

      So they only made 2 boardwalks in the whole world and you got both of them lmao how stupid do you think people are?


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