McDonald's Monopoly Game is a giveaway that's been running in the United States and other countries around the world since 1987. Typically, it offers big prizes worth up to a million dollars and hundreds of thousands of smaller prizes.
What can you win? Aside from the million-dollar grand prize, the Monopoly Game usually gives away other cash prizes, vehicles, tons of free food prizes, and more. The exact prizes vary depending on your region and when you enter.
Although it hasn't been officially canceled in the United States, the last time it was offered was in 2016. It has, however, been offered in Canada and the United Kingdom since then.
Playing McDonald's Monopoly Game
The rules vary from year to year, but the Monopoly Sweepstakes usually has a few different parts to it including:
- A pre-promotion sweepstakes, to build excitement before the Monopoly game starts.
A collect-and-win game, where you collect rare game pieces for the chance to win big prizes.
- An instant-win giveaway, which usually includes food prizes, trips, retailer gift cards, and more.
- A second-chance online game, where you can enter codes from your game pieces for additional chances to win.
How to Get McDonald's Monopoly Game Pieces
To play the Monopoly Game (other than the pre-promotion sweepstakes), you'll need game pieces. The most common way to get the game pieces is with the purchase of qualifying McDonald's food (see each year's rules for specifics about which products qualify).
If you want to get the most game pieces for your money, your best bet is to find the cheapest way to get the McDonald's game pieces. If you're worried about the effect that all of that game-piece-carrying food will have on your waistline, check the calorie counts per game piece.
Other than purchasing McDonald's food, you can get game pieces by sending in for them by mail (the AMOE). McDonald's and some of its partners also offer free game pieces from time to time. You can sign up for newsletters and follow McDonald's and its partners on social media to be notified about free game piece offers.
In recent years, McDonald's has integrated social media and mobile into their Monopoly Game. Players can follow McDonald's on Twitter for Monopoly updates, play through a Facebook app, and check their codes on the go by texting to see if they've won.
What Not to Do
While there are a variety of legitimate ways to enter McDonald's Monopoly for free or for very little cost, there are also some sketchy offers out there to trade or sell game pieces.
The Monopoly rules generally prohibit selling game pieces, so participating in these offers could disqualify you from winning. But more importantly, these offers are most likely scams.
Scammers try to trick you into giving up rare game pieces, or paying money for common game pieces, or buying illegitimate copies of rare pieces. It's best to avoid these offers altogether and rely solely on your own game pieces.
Rumors to the Contrary, McDonald's Monopoly Sweepstakes Is Not a Scam
Rumors that the McDonald's Monopoly giveaway is a scam have plagued McDonald's since a scandal in 2007, where someone affiliated with the sweepstakes management company stole winning game pieces and passed them on to a relative to claim the prize.
No McDonald's employee was involved with the fraud. The perpetrator of the crime was sent to jail, and McDonald's tightened security to prevent abuse from happening again.
So no, the Monopoly game is not a scam, and people really do win the huge prizes. In fact, McDonald's waived the rule that game pieces cannot be transferred when an embezzler donated a million-dollar prize to St. Jude's. They honored the donation, although legally they were not bound to do so, and gave the million dollars to the children's charity.
Want to know how it feels to win a big Monopoly prize? Read this interview with McDonald's winner Michele B.