Tuesday, October 23, 2007

McDonald's Monopoly maddness

I ate at McDonald's a couple of days ago and noticed that they are hosting a Monopoly prize game again. I wanted to post a few facts about the interesting history of this sweepstakes.

• From at least 1995 to 2001 the games were rigged. A man named Jerome Jacobsen, director of security for Simon Marketing (the company that created the play pieces for McDonald's), embezzled over $20 million in prizes. Jacobsen accomplished this by stealing high-value game pieces and distributing them to his family and friends who claimed the prizes and split the proceeds with him.

• In 1995 St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee received an anonymous letter containing a winning game piece worth $1 million. While it was later revealed that Jacobson sent the piece to the hospital, McDonald's did award the money to St. Jude's.

• Only one property sticker per monopoly is a rare piece that's crucial for winning each prize. I put together the following table to show how the prizes break down.

Information in this article was compiled from a variety of sources including Yahoo! News, Wikipedia, McDonalds.com, CNN, and the Associated Press.


Anonymous said...

i knew it! i was arguing with fonta about the game a few days ago. i assumed that they didn't pick a particular piece for each combination in each state, but it makes more sense to simply create one piece in the entire country!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chart. Now I know just how much McDonald's I have to eat to have a shot in hell at winning anything. I better get started now!

Anonymous said...

My husband actually won a $2000 McDonald's Monopoly prize back in 1997 (I think). It wasn't an instant winner, it was a third piece of real estate and he knew something was up when he first opened it - the typeface and background were different than the other pieces.

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