Want fries with your $1,000,000? Hasbro’s Monopoly sweepstakes is back at McDonald’s restaurants, and that means prizes, junk food (well, not all of it has to be junk food), and one of the most popular fast food commercial tie-ins ever, starting in 1987. For the 2010 version, game tokens can be found on the Big Mac, Filet-o-Fish, large fries, Chicken McNuggets (10 to 20 piece), medium fountain drinks, medium and large McCafe Drinks, McGriddles, and hash browns.
According to their website, prizes this year range from a $1 Redbox movie rental all the way up to $1,000,000 for collecting Park Place and Boardwalk. Other cool prizes include a four-day Beaches Resort vacation, EA Sports trip, and cars – a 2011 Shelby GT500 and a 2011 Ford Edge Sport.
I’m a huge Monopoly buff, though not quite so much of a McDonald’s fan – I’m dieting, so we don’t necessarily find a lot of common ground these days. To be fair, they do have some low-cal food available, and I’ve always been a fan of the McNuggets and specialty shakes.
My Winning (Maybe) Strategy
I may stop in for an occasional fry or hash brown just to play the game – in particular hash browns. I figure I can work out enough to even out any pounds I put on from the rare hash brown purchase. Even though the odds are stacked against me, since collecting that last missing piece is intentionally rare, I do enjoy collecting the pieces to see if I’ll win.
There’s also the online version of the game. So long as you allow cookies on your computer, you can access the game through their website and play a “home” version of the Monopoly sweepstakes. Prizes for the online instant win include cash, Shell gift cards, a beaches vacation, and the 2011 Ford Edge Sport. I’m hoping to win the Beaches Resort vacation.
The collectible prize also includes the four-day Beaches Resort vacation, though at a $7,500 value, it’s not of as high of a value as the online one ($10,000). I wouldn’t complain if I won either, of course. It’s getting colder where I live, and though I love the fall, I love the beach even more.
I’m under no illusions I’ll win anything other than food, as that’s all I’ve ever won. It’s sort of like buying a lottery ticket as far as I’m concerned. There’s the fun and anticipation of knowing you might win, even though you know you probably won’t. Like other players, I have a feeling that apart from a fruit pie or a free drink, the biggest thing I’ll win will be a few spare game pieces floating around my apartment months from now. But that’s okay – like I said, I really do like their hash browns.
McDonalds.com, “Monopoly at McDonald’s”