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How To Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game, 2013 Edition

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McDonalds SignThis 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

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


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. Tt says:

    U have boardwalk?

  2. Sidney says:

    I need #434, #450, #454,#456

    I have #439,#443,##451,#445,#455,#448,#449,#453,#433,#435

  3. Stephanie says:

    Does anyone have Vermont?? Will split single mom of three could use the help??

  4. 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

  5. Brittany Mayes says:

    reading railroad
    pens railroad
    b& 0 railroad
    new york ave
    st james place
    north carolina ave
    pacific ave
    marvin gardens
    atlantic ave
    oriental ave
    connect ave
    indiana ave
    illinois ave
    st charles place
    states ave
    baltic ave

    in definite need of money please help me! will split all wins no spam all HONESTY

  6. brian says:

    Anyone with boardwalk, will split winnings. Here in Texas, serious replies only.

  7. Jon says:

    I see these comments and wonder just how stupid people are… All these people with the COMMON game pieces willing to split the money, lol. I bet you would, oh, and you’ll only take half from the person who actually has something and you are offering NOTHING in return, how stupid are you people? Then I wonder if anyone is stupid enough to agree and that’s what really gets me there just might be. If so listen: if you have a rare game peice, you’ve already won don’t get scammed by these people offering regular game pieces for half, they are low life scumbags willing to take advantage of anyone who doesn’t know any better, please don’t fall for it! And if you are one of the scammers: I hope god or karma or whatever you believe in takes everything from you and that you live the rest of your pathetic life poor and alone.

    • Larry says:

      I agree!!

      If someone has Boardwalk, I would be glad to send you one of my many Park Places that I have, at no cost! I am not looking to split any of the winnings, I will even cover the cost of the stamp to send the piece.

    • Zach says:

      I thought I was the only one who read the article after reading these comments. These are my thoughts exactly, but people do this every year (with no luck to my knowledge) because it’s the most retarded deal ever. A 1 in 2 million game piece is not worth the same as a 1 in 10 game piece, but people will never understand this.

  8. Kim says:





    #443 #444

    #439 #441

    #436 #437

    #433 #435

    #453 #455


  9. jermeale says:

    I have
    park place
    north Carolina
    marvin gardens

  10. Brittany Mayes says:

    This lady nearly has EVERY PIECE contact me and every WIN WE WILL SPLIT …

  11. Keira Mcbride says:

    Reading railroad #453
    Pa railroad #454

    North Carolina ave #449

    St James place #439

    St Charles place #436

    Connecticut ave #435
    Oriental ave #433

    Indiana ave #443
    Illinois ave #444

    Willing to trade/split

  12. Gwen says:

    We have Park Place

  13. Jenniffer says:

    I see that some people is asking for States Ave. I have some of them, if anyone want it or another piece, ask me. We can trade or 50/50

    Contact me:

  14. cad says:

    I Have all but one form each collection of game pieces

  15. mike hasch says:

    I have parkplace , ill go 50/50 who ever has boardwalk.

  16. Alex says:

    I wish I could win. I’d do great things for my family. My mom is a single mom of three also. Seems like that’s common unfortunately.
    Well, nonetheless, I hope whoever wins, really needs it.

    Good luck!

  17. Yvette says:

    It may sound stupid but I am a student with a family of 5 that need money my mom is the only one that works but doesn’t have the money to pay bills and to buy us enough to eat were all suffering and hoping to win at least a little bit i am really serious please help and i have:
    Park Place
    North Carolina Avenue
    Pacific Avenue
    Marvin Gardens
    Atlantic Avenue
    Indiana Avenue
    Illinois Avenue
    New York Avenue
    St James Place
    States Avenue
    St Charles Place
    Connecticut Avenue
    Oriental Avenue
    Reading Railroad
    Pennsylvania Railroad
    B & O Railroad
    Baltic Avenue
    Thank you.

  18. oscar says:

    wait i dont get it!!! this didnt tell me what food i need to buy so i could get the piece i need….im lost someone please explain it to me. i got atlantic avenue #445 and marvin Gardens #447 yellow i just need #446

  19. Matt says:

    You all won!! Your prizes are diabetes, high cholesterol, zero nutritional value, obesity, and being subject to a successful marketing campaign!!

  20. Jim H. says:

    I have Boardwalk but I still need park place. Call me or text me ASAP (520) 870-7227 . Serious people only!!!

  21. Brittany Mayes says:

    in need of ;
    penns ave
    ventnor ave
    kentucky ave
    tennesse ave
    virginia ave
    vermont ave
    short line railroad
    mediterr ave


  22. cris says:

    does anyone has:

    pennsylvania ave
    ventor ave
    vermont ave
    mediterranean ave

    i will pay your or trade or split the price .

    email me:

  23. Christin says:

    The only ones I am looking for are Boardwalk, Pennsylvania Ave., Ventnor Ave., Kentucky Ave., Tennessee Ave., Virginia Ave., Vermont Ave., Short line Railroad, Mediterranean Ave. Other then that I have the rest and duplicates of them. If you are interested in trading please tell me!

  24. narsy says:

    Railroad 453,454,455
    St charles 436
    States Ave 437
    St. James 439
    Connecticut 435
    Oriental Av 433
    Park Place 451
    Atlantic av 445
    Indiana av 443
    Baltic av 434
    Pacific Av 448
    North Carolina 449

  25. AG says:

    I have the 3 yellow ones where do you get the price?

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