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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Have You Ever Played McDonald's Monopoly? You'll Want To After Reading These 11 Facts

Monopoly at McDonald's is BACK! Turns out, it's had an unusual history.

1. Monopoly at McDonald's started in 1987, with over $40 million worth of prizes.

2. The winners of the million dollar prize receive their payout over the course of 20 years.

That's $50,000 per year, to be exact.

3. To win the million dollars, you have to collect both Park Place and Boardwalk.

There's a 1 in 11 chance you'll find Park Place. But there's a 1 in 651 chance you'll find Boardwalk. The odds of getting them both? 1 in 3.5 billion.

4. Someone beat the odds of finding both pieces. In 2010, Jon Kehoe won the million dollar prize.

He bought a McRib and a drink with money from his final unemployment check.

5. You probably won't win the million dollars, but there's a 25 percent chance you'll win an in-store prize, like a small coffee or medium fries.

6. A team of eight people rigged the game from 1995 to 2001. One of those was the Chief of Security at Simon Marketing, the group which ran the game.

McDonald's tried to sue Simon Worldwide, but actually lost. They had to pay the company $16.6 million.

7. An envelope containing the million prize was sent to St. Jude Children's Hospital in 1995.

The people who rigged the game were the ones who sent the check.

8. The game would be illegal without a "no purchase necessary" clause.

9. Sales go up by one to six percent while the game takes place.

10. 4.2 billion game pieces were created between 2003 and 2011.

All of those pieces could circle the Earth one and a half times.

11. LeBron James is the spokesperson for the game.

Not that he needs the money or anything...