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McD Monopoly Game: Mail-In vs. Hash Browns Epic Challenge Part 3

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Hash Brown ChallengeThis is part three of the where we collect game pieces from 500 handwritten SASE letters and two hundred hash browns!

Here’s – we documented the acquisition of the two hundred hash browns while Brandon finished sending out his letters.

It took awhile but Brandon finally got his letters back and I slowly buy surely peeled and entered all my codes.

So what did we get? Here’s a look at the results thus far:

Brandon’s Challenge

Brandon here, guys.

The results so far are pretty interesting. I’ve gone through 900(!) of my 2,000(!!!) pieces so far and have a decent amount of instant-win prizes already, though Jim has a higher “prize-per-piece” count so far. McDonald’s claims “1 in 4 wins!” but what they really mean is 1 in 4 game pieces wins, but each game piece consists of 2 game stamps. So one would think the 1:4 claim would be for each stamp, but it’s actually for each set of two. Jim apparently beat those odds, getting 75 instant-win prizes on 200 game pieces (400 game stamps) for a 37.5% success rate. Me, on the flip side, am right at the 25% clip (actually 25.5% to be exact).

Now let’s step back and recap the arduous process of stamping, waiting, and finally opening and peeling these pieces.

It’s been a long, long couple weeks for me.

I finally wrapped up all stamping about a week and a half ago and had been sitting impatiently to get the pieces back. Let’s walk through my mental degradation:

July 29th, 2013

I’m clearly losing it by this point, but I’m on the final stretch of stamping.

July 31st, 2013

With all the stamping completed, here’s the bounty.


Time to send these bad boys.

Relief, excitement, joy, and yea, a little confidence.

August 10th, 2013

10 DAYS OF WAITING. But hey, who’s bitter? Not this guy.

I received 372 letters at first (1,488 pieces!), with more coming the following days.

SASE letters

If you’re unfamiliar with what McD sends back, here’s what’s inside a SASE: 1 McD Monopoly leaflet with the rules and 2 game pieces, for a total of 4 game stamps. Thumbs up.

Finally, here’s the peeling process. I decided to be a little more organized this year and had separate baggies for every Monopoly street piece and instant-win prize.


Whew. As of now, I haven’t won anything noteworthy, nor have I input many codes online (I have until 8/22/13 to input codes). Over the past couple days I’ve received more letters, bringing my total to 494 letters, which equates to 1,976 pieces (Ahhh!). With only 908 pieces counted I have a long way to go. Stay tuned!

Jim’s Challenge

A lot of greasy disgustingness. That’s now a word. Here’s the full stack of hash browns.
200 Hash Browns

I tossed the hash browns and stacked the sleeves.
200 Sleeves

Then I started removing the pieces:
Removal Process

I had to get rubber gloves to do the job and I wanted the shells out of the house so quickly I never even took a picture of the gloves (outside of them sitting there besides the working pile). 🙂

As for entering codes, I put all the pieces in little plastic bags. I took the pieces out five at a time (ten codes), entered them, and then split them up into food prizes and spent codes. The instant win prizes are all going to my lovely wife’s friends.

Here’s the lineup of baggies:
Baggies of Pieces

Total Prize Value

Let’s talk money. As you can see, neither one of us is bringing in that much value overall.

Jim spent $200 on hash browns and managed to get around $170 back in value from prizes. I spent about $1.02 per letter sent, which works out to about $277 for the 908 pieces (272 letters) I’ve counted so far. I’ve made about $208 in value so I’m still in the red as well by $64. We’ll see if this improves.

So far Jim’s made about $0.42 per game piece (having spent $0.50/piece) and I’m at $.023 (spent $0.25), so technically I’m “winning” in overall value per piece so far (Yay). We’ll keep everyone posted on the final results, and if we win anything cool, you’ll be the first to know 🙂

Stay tuned for part 4!


In case you’re wondering if we could’ve won the million bucks, it’s impossible this way. According to the rules, the Boardwalk piece is on a Big Mac: “… the approximate odds of collecting the Winning Combination (Park Place and Boardwalk) found on Big Mac are 1 in 37,955,000.”

In other words, and this has been reported by past winners, the only way to win the top prize is by purchasing a Big Mac. Winners have gotten both Park Place and Boardwalk on the same pair of peels. If you aren’t buying Big Macs, you can’t win the annuity.

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6 Responses to “McD Monopoly Game: Mail-In vs. Hash Browns Epic Challenge Part 3”

  1. Thomas says:

    I dont think I could do either. Oh Jim thats a lot of food wasted man. And what a lot of grease. That packing and stamping would have drove me nuts. Looking forward to this update.

  2. Kim N says:

    Next year when you buy the hash browns, ask them to just give you the sleeves and keep the food. Less grease!

  3. Anonymous says:


    I’m glad you went with peel & close envelopes, but I suggest that you print address labels if you do this again next year. It will save you so much time, and your hand will cramp us far less this way!

    As for the Big Macs, I purchased 2 during the event and none of them came with game pieces. WTF!?!

  4. Brandon says:


    From the rules:

    “Requests that are sent in business reply envelopes that utilize address labels or stickers (for any address), that are photocopied, hand-stamped, computer-generated or otherwise mechanically or digitally produced or reproduced, that are not mailed in separate outer stamped mailing envelopes, or that otherwise fail to comply with these Official Rules will NOT be honored…”

    This is serious business 🙂

  5. Huh, what a challenge, although the results look a bit sloppy, I am sure that you have a point to prove, right? 🙂

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