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!
This is the story of Jerome Jacobson, who was the director of security for the company that ran Monopoly (and games like it) for McDonald's. Starting in 1989, and most frequently from 1995 to 2001, Jacobson stole the highest value game pieces from the games and gave or sold them to friends and family, gradually expanding the circle outwards. Jacobson was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison after handing out fraudulent game pieces worth more than $20 million in prizes.Basically, the game was completely unwinnable by anyone except for Jacobson and his cronies for years.