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# How To Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game (2012)

 by Jim Wang Email   Print

Another year, another edition of the McDonald’s Monopoly game! This year the game will be starting two days earlier than last year, on September 18th, and will run until October 22nd. It marks the third year in a row that the game is starting a little sooner, though I suspect this one is the result more of the calendar than eagerness on the part of McDonald’s or Monopoly!

After looking over the rules and various promotional material, I’ve compiled a guide to help you win the McDonald’s Monopoly game for 2012. A lot of it depends on luck but hopefully with this information you can tease out a little tips and tricks that give you an extra edge. The prize pool appears to be a little bigger, since there are now TWO Boardwalks in the game, so it pays even more to pay attention and get that extra edge. So now when two people say they have the Boardwalk piece, it’s actually possible!

The game is simple and hasn’t changed. You get pieces from food, or mailing in, and you try to collect monopolies on the board. Each monopoly contains multiple pieces and usually only one of those is rare. In addition to the main game, there are instant and online ways to win food, prizes, and cash (it’s actually a check, but I doubt any winners are complaining). Collect the pieces, match up monopolies or strike it rich with an instant win or online code!

The online \$20,000 online promotion starts today (September 18th) and ends on the 24th, but the full game, as is customary, won’t begin for another week (September 25th).

And we’re also getting in on the fun, we’ll be putting out some cool Monopoly game tools that’ll help track your odds. Keep an eye out for those!

## 2012 Rare Game Pieces & Prizes

In previous years, the game was set up so that there was one rare piece and the rest were common. They key was finding the “rarer” piece from each set. You knew this because the rules gave you the probabilities you’d get a certain piece and the last property alphabetically was the one with the lowest probability. The exception to that rule was Boardwalk. This year the rules are different, they tell you the probability of getting the monopoly, not any one piece. That said, I’d be surprised if their game piece production strategy were to change, it’s much easier to assign probabilities if you simply manage the rarity of one piece.

For 2012, there were some changes to the rarity, the number of prizes, and what the prizes were (odds are for collecting all the pieces, not the odds of getting the rare piece). For the history’s sake, I’ll list monopoly’s based on what used to be the confirmed rare piece:

• Mediterranean Avenue (\$50 prize, 8,500 prizes) – 1 in approx. 402,602
• Vermont Avenue (\$5000 prize, 20 prizes)- 1 in approx. 578,695,060
• Virginia Avenue (Beaches Resort Vacation, 250 prizes) – 1 in approx. 12,953,122
• Tennessee Avenue (\$10,000, 20 prizes)- 1 in approx. 518,330,833
• Kentucky Avenue (Delta Vacations Trip, 20 prizes) – 1 in approx. 161,914,024
• Ventnor Avenue (\$20,000, 20 prizes) – 1 in approx. 499,516,192
• Pennsylvania Avenue (2013 Fiat 500 Sport Hatchback, 20 prizes) – 1 in approx. 158,948,243
• Boardwalk (\$1,000,000, 2 prize) – 1 in approx. 306,939,484
• Short Line Railroad (EA Sports Fan Trip, 20 prizes) – 1 in approx. 77,263,275

The prize pool is richer this year and the odds of winning appear to have improved. The big change for this year is that there are now two potential Boardwalk winners. For as long as I’ve followed the McDonald’s Monopoly game there was only ever one winner.

Another quirk (and we confirmed this in the rules) is that the odds make it seem like it’s actually easier to win the top prize than it is to win some of the smaller ones. For example, the odds of getting Boardwalk and Park Place is 1 in 306,939, 484 but the odds of winning the \$10,000 prize (St. James, Tennessee, and NY Ave) is actually worse, at 1 in 518,330,833. It’s also “harder” to win the \$5,000 prize (Oriental, Vermont, Connecticut)… 1 in 578,695,060. Without knowing the odds of individual pieces, the overall odds are actually useless except to show that they print a bazillion Park Places, which lowers the odds of winning so much.

To see all of this info visually, make sure to check out our McDonald’s Monopoly Game Board.

## In-Store Instant Win Prizes

Then you have the instant win prizes, which you discover just by ripping off the label. They’re essentially coupons or coupon codes that you can use immediately.

This year’s instant win prizes 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 Rental
• My Coke Rewards 40-Point Bundles (up from 30 points last year)
• 2 Snapfish 5″x7″ Digital Photo Prints (20 4″x6″ prints last year)
• \$10 Arch Card
• \$25 Arch Card
• MONOPOLY Millionaire Board Game
• \$50 Cash
• EA Sports Video Game
• \$500 Cash
• NHL® All-Star Weekend Trip
• EA SPORTS Ultimate Game Room
• \$5,000 Cash
• \$10,000 Cash
• Ultimate U.S. Soccer Family Trip
• \$20,000 Cash
• EA Sports Lifetime of Games
• \$100,000

You’ll notice that Wal-Mart gift cards were replaced with McDonald’s Arch cards, a few other minor changes to prizes (more Coke Reward points), and that the cars are gone. Last year you could have won a MY 12 Nissan Z Coupe Touring Model, a trip to the McDonald’s All-American basketball game, as well as a trip to London for the Olympics (obviously that’s not possible anymore!).

## Online Instant Win Prizes

Lastly, we have the online instant win game which is entirely based on time. You get a code, enter it in, and hit spin. The first person to hit spin once the “winning time” starts is the one who wins. The code just gets you the spin. It’s an interesting way to do it and I suspect makes it possible to avoid gambling laws and stuff like that.

Here are two free codes anyone can use: GOPLAYATMCD, CODEFORMORE, MCDMONOPOLY, FREECODEMCR, GOFORPRIZES, REFRESHCODE, GOFREEFORME, GOFORITCODE and WINANEWFIAT

Here are the prizes for 2012:

• 40 My Coke Rewards Points – 900,000 prizes
• Redbox One Night DVD Rental – 500,000
• EA Sports \$10 Origin.com Promotion Code – 100,000
• Fathead® \$14.99 Promotion Code – 500
• Shop.NHL.Com \$25 Gift Card – 175
• NHL Hat – 100
• 1,000 My Coke Rewards Points – 42
• NHL Officially Licensed T-Shirt – 100
• \$50 Cash – 600
• NHL Authentic Jersey
• \$500 cash – 20
• US Soccer Family Trip – 4
• Beaches Resorts – The Luxury Included Family Vacation – 30
• 2013 FIAT 500 Sport Hatchback “Vehicle” – 10

A few changes for this year’s list of Instant Win prizes and unlike the regular game, which saw a boost in prizes, the total aggregate value of this year’s prizes seem smaller. They added the ability to win a car but removed a few big dollar cash prizes. Last year, there were seven \$5,000 prizes and a \$10,000 prize (this year, largest dollar amount is \$500). You also took away forty \$1,000 Walmart gift cards as well as a bunch of gas cards. There are more sports related stuff though, like NHL hats, t-shirts, and jerseys.

## How to Get McDonald’s Monopoly Game Pieces

The way to get game pieces hasn’t changed for 2012, 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 (excludes large Iced Coffee and excludes McCafé® Shakes)
• Hash Browns
• Big Mac®
• Egg McMuffin (excludes Sausage McMuffin)
• 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 Way to Get Pieces: As was the case last year, hash browns are your best bet since you get game pieces without spending as much. When I checked with a few local McDonald’s locations, they told me one hashbrown would be a \$1 and you could get two for \$1.49. Some readers have reported that they can just pay for the containers, so they don’t waste the food (alternatively, just give the food away!).

## Almost Free Game Pieces – Mail In Instructions

You know how they say “No purchase necessary” on everything? That’s because for the cost of two stamps, you can get game pieces mailed back to you. The rules for it are simple – you must hand write everything legibly, the address on the top left of the outer envelope must match the requestor’s street address, and you have to mail it between September 18th, 2012 and October 22nd, 2012. Be sure to include your first and last name, street address, city, state, and ZIP code (you don’t want them to DQ you for a silly reason). There does not appear to be a limit to how many you can request.

Here’s the address (it is a different PO Box than last year) to send your self-addressed stamped envelope:
2012 MONOPOLY Game at McDonald’s Game Piece Request
P.O. Box 49121
Strongsville, OH 44149-0121

It’ll cost you two envelopes and 90 cents of stamps (two 45 cents, cheaper if you bought Forever Stamps a while ago!). If you’re a lucky resident of Vermont, you actually don’t need to include return postage but they do say that you “may be required to provide proof of VT residency to Sponsor’s reasonable satisfaction before requests are fulfilled” – whatever that means.

## Mail vs. Hash Browns

If the pricing at your McDonald’s is the same as the five locations near me, hash browns make it a close deal. I called several stores and they told me you could buy one hash brown for \$1.00 and two for \$1.49. It’s possible that if you buy two hash browns, they put them both in one sleeve (so you only get one set of game pieces). When you mail away for pieces, you get two pieces (four stamps) so the math gets to be pretty close. And if you don’t feel like checking the math on all the food items, we have a fun little calculator to help.

You’ll have to decide whether it’s better for you to mail away for game pieces or just buy hash browns. You probably spend a few more cents for the hash browns (depends on whether they put two in one for \$1.49) but save on writing the letter. That said, I wouldn’t actually eat the hash browns (or more than one anyway). According to McDonald’s, they have 150 calories, 9 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates and a whopping 310 milligrams of sodium.

For a limited time (9/10/12-10/31/12), you can save \$5 off a purchase of \$5+ at McDonald’s with your American Express card. You’ll need an American Express card synced with Twitter, tweet a message using #AmexMcDs, and then receive a reply from @amexsync telling you that the offer was added to your card. Finally, you need to use that AMEX card to make a single purchase of \$5+ in a McDonald’s location that isn’t in a Wal-Mart (those locations are excluded). You’ll get a statement credit 3-5 days after purchase. You can use this to defray some of the cost of getting pieces.

## Dumpster Diving

If you don’t want to write a million letters and you don’t want to buy the food, your last resort is to dumpster dive. I’m not recommending it, by any means, but all it takes is one story about a guy who found a free car for McDonald’s to get free garbage filtering.

Technically, trading, buying and selling are forbidden by the rules. There are reasonable exceptions, like kids giving it to their parents, but I just wanted to say, for the sake of completeness, that it’s forbidden. But people do it. They do it a lot. Look at the comments from this guide for previous years and there are about a thousand people with Boardwalk looking for Park Place. 999 of them are liars and just want to have some fun (this year, 998 will be liars), so just be aware of that. There are always places online for people to trade pieces, I’ll list them whenever those sites pop back up with the game starting. Trade at your own risk.

If you want to check out the official rules, here they are! If you hate reading rules, here’s some fun trivia about the game!

(Photo: tonythemisfit)

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### 1,136 Responses to “How To Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game (2012)”

1. Eric says:

I have all pieces minus one from all sets need a little help and not greedy at all I know how to share

• Anonymous says:

I Have 941, 935, 938

• T says:

Hey I have the rest of one of your sets!

• jana says:

which ones do you have? I have several pieces.. I also have most of every set and have a lot of pieces x2 and x3. If you are serious pls send your email or contact information?

• Yvette says:

Hey do you boardwalk ?

2. Eric says:

(904) 536-4817 contact me

3. Trent says:

I have a bunch of peices if y’all need any I’d let you know what I got

• Ana says:

Do u have Pennsylvania Ave.?

• diana says:

hey all i need is 934 do you have that

• CHRISTINA says:

• scott says:

i need boardwalk

• Luis says:

If you don’t mind please do so.

• Sara says:

Hello
I need Vermont ave. Mediterranean ave. Board walk. Pennsylvania ave. Ventnor ave. Kentucky ave. Tennessee ave. Virginia ave. Vermont ave and short line rail road.
Let me know if anyone has any of these or I also have a lot of all the others if any one needs any
S

4. Liza K says:

I have 2 of all 3 property monoplies, I have park, baltic and 3 railroads. We would split 60 to you and 40% to us if you want to go splits

• Sara says:

Hello what rail road? We need short line

5. Blake McDonald says:

I have all off green except for Pennsylvania Avenue I have reading railroad, orientation avenue, Marvin gardens , and Indiana avenue ill pay for it or trades when I get others

6. Melissa says:

The 1 million dollar prize is not paid out all at once, as a reminder to those trading. It’s given out in 50k/year increments, for 20 years.

7. trishia says:

need one more for everything email: esviicii0ussj@gmail.com

8. Ana says:

Need 944!!! Pennsylvania Ave. Email me to compare I have like so many repeated ones.

• C. ANDERSON says:

Hi Ana,
I only need 944.

• Alysha says:

Do you have any more 944?

9. David says:

I have almost all pieces, except missing one from each set, including the big one. Reply to me here, i will check daily.

• Alysha says:

Do you have any of the following:
Penn. Ave, Ventnor Ave, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, New York, Virginia, Vermont, Short Line, or Mediterran. Ave. I have enough that I could give at least two or three sets.

• alex says:

i have new york and st james

• Alysha says:

I will trade you the new york for any piece.

• jana says:

i have new york .. I also have most of every set and have a lot of pieces x2 and x3. If you are serious pls end your email or contact information?

• Alex says:

Hey Alysha i need short line and vermont please i will split 50/50

• Alysha says:

I have neither.

• jana says:

HI I have new York and several other pieces..if u are serious pls send ur email or contact information?

• jana says:

Hi I have new York and several other pieces..if u are serious pls send your email or contact information?

10. doug says:

Something’s funny with the published numbers for rare pieces — why is

Vermont Avenue (\$5000 prize, 20 prizes)- 1 in approx. 578,695,060

Tennessee Avenue (\$10,000, 20 prizes)- 1 in approx. 518,330,833

Ventnor Avenue (\$20,000, 20 prizes) – 1 in approx. 499,516,192

But

Boardwalk (\$1,000,000, 2 prize) – 1 in approx. 306,939,484

why are the odds BETTER the higher the prize value?

Getting Boardwalk is twice as likely as getting Vermont?

Huh?

• matthew says:

I think its a way to hook people in. They know the mind of a human. They know that the avg. Person will think that 20k is more tangible than 1mill.

11. Anonymous says:

i need one yellow peice

• Loran says:

Which one do you need? I have duplicates of all but one of em.

12. Luis says:

I have these pieces :p

1 St. Charles Place 930
4 States Avenue 931
4 Illinois Avenues 938
3 Pacific Avenues 942
1 North Carolina Avenue 943
2 Oriental Avenue 927
1 Connecticut Avenue 929
3 St. James Place 933
3 Atlantic Avenues 939
3 Marvin Gardens 941
2 Park Place 945

If you need any of these contact me lresendiz@mail.stmarytx.edu and well work something out yes?

13. nichole says:

i have all of the railroads except short line, park place and many others ill trade it for a pennsylvania avenue

• Kailah says:

U can email me I have park place

• C. ANDERSON says:

Which ones do you need? I need Pennsylvania. You can contact me at iceylina87@yahoo.com

14. Sara says:

I need Vermont ave. Mediterranean ave. Board walk. Pennsylvania ave. Ventnor ave. Kentucky ave. Tennessee ave. Virginia ave. Vermont ave and short line rail road.
Let me know if anyone has any of these or I also have a lot of all the others if any one needs any
S

hello, if anyone has 928 and/or 929 please contact me. As i am interested in these two.
Thank you

• t32 says:

I have 929 Conneticut Ave.

I have Boardwalk does anyone have park place?

• Dani says:

I have park place

• Kailah says:

Yes I have 3 park place

• krystal says:

I have park place!!!

• Kaylee says:

I have park place.

• bryan thompson says:

yes i have park place i live in california I’m not greedy and totally down with splitting 50/50 the prize is 50k every year for 20 years so we each get 25k we can make a contract if necessary but im so down i just got park place yesterday

• Anonymous says:

i have 6 of park place need boardwalk

• Faithe says:

Yes! I have park place and I will split 60/40 and I take 40!!

• Yvette says:

Do u still have boardwalk?

17. Anonymous says:

I need 940 ill split profit in half

18. Lindsey says:

I only need one of everything too! so frustrating im making myself sick on large fries hahaha

• Alysha says:

I will give you any of my pieces for pennsylvania, ventor, kentucky, tennessee, virginia, vermont

• Anthony says:

Hi would you like to sell ventnor to me?

19. Maaran says:

Hey guys i have a lot of pieces so if wanna what I have so we trade than email me: maaran14@hotmail.com

20. nichole says:

So, do you have to collect ALL the pieces in order to win big money? I have just been entering my codes on the website..

• Steve says:

If you don’t have one of the rare pieces feel free to throw away as there is no reason to keep them.

21. Kailah says:

Anybody have boardwalk my family is in need will trade for prices what will god do

22. Dane says:

I need #934 and #935.. will split the \$10,000 50/50 with anyone who helps. e-mail dss013@hotmail.com

• C. ANDERSON says:

I have 935 that you can have. I have 2. You can reach me at iceylina87@yahoo.com

23. Anthony says:

I am looking for Ventnor Ave. Does anyone have it? Please let me know asap!

24. johny boy says:

All I need is 940 anybody got that.

25. Shay says:

I have all the yellow expect #490 if anyone has it email me at shayhairprincess59@gmail.com

We can split 50/50

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