Each and every year McDonald's rolls out its McDonald's Monopoly game. The promotion always comes with a heavy advertising blitz telling people Monopoly at McDonald's is back and better than ever. As a result, millions of Americans hit the fast food chain hoping to be the lucky winner of the $1 million grand prize.
The question is, though, can you really win the McDonald's Monopoly game? After all, they say that anything that seems too good to be true usually is, and the ability to take home cash, vacations, or a new car simply by eating a Big Mac or a McRib seems way too good to be true. That's why this list looks a little deeper and uncovers that the most famous McDonald's promotion out there is nearly impossible to win.So, is McDonald's Monopoly a scam? How is it a scam? Are you going to be a millionaire? Read on and find out!
The Boardwalk Piece Is Rarer Than You Can Even Imagine
Each of the key pieces to complete a set has insane odds. In 2016, the chances of finding these rare pieces were:
Boardwalk – 1 in 513,591,720
Pennsylvania Avenue – 1 in 102,718,344
Ventnor Avenue – 1 in 102,718,344
Kentucky Avenue – 1 in 102,718,344
Tennessee Avenue – 1 in 102,718,344
Virginia Avenue – 1 in 51,359,172
Vermont Avenue – 1 in 51,359,172
Short Line – 1 in 2,567,95
Mediterranean Avenue – 1 in 114,132
Park Place Is Next to Worthless
There Are So Many Game Pieces
Casual Players Don't Understand The Ratio of Pieces
This ratio and the way McDonald's plays with its customers is best explained by Business Insider:
"For instance, most people think if McDonald's wants the Brown prize probability to be 1 in 1,000,000, they'll make the probability of drawing Baltic 1 in 1,000 and Mediterranean 1 in 1,000, making the probability of getting both 1 in 1,000,000. Instead, McDonald's was much smarter about it. They make Baltic show up 1 in 10 times and Mediterranean show up 1 in 100,000 times."Clever, McDonald's. Very clever indeed.