The Piece Needs to Come into Play
McDonald’s creates millions of game pieces and places them on the packaging of different food items. What many people don’t realize is they have to estimate how many food items they will sell, and they don’t want to create too few so they run out of pieces before the end of the game period, so they make too many. While most game pieces are given out to customers, many aren’t, and if the Boardwalk piece happens to be among those which are never given out, then nobody can win the $1 million.
It Needs to be Given to a Customer
Once a piece makes it to a McDonald’s store, that doesn’t mean it will actually make it to a customer. The policy at most McDonald’s is that if packaging falls and hits the ground, it gets thrown away. Again, if this happens to the packaging which holds the Boardwalk piece, nobody can win the grand prize.
The Customer has to Open the Game Piece
The next thing that has to happen is the customer who receives the Boardwalk game piece has to actually open it up and find it. There are many people who don’t even bother to look at the game pieces on their food packaging. In fact, it’s such a problem that McDonald’s puts signs on their trash cans (see photo at the top of this article) during the game each year to remind customers not to throw away their game pieces. There’s a good chance the person who does receive the winning game piece may throw it away without ever looking at it.
The Customer has to Recognize Boardwalk is a Rare Piece
Even if the person opens the piece, they have to recognize Boardwalk is a rare game piece. The vast majority of people who play the game simply open up the game pieces hoping to win a free instant prize and don’t bother with any of the property pieces. If they don’t know that Boardwalk is the rare game piece they need to win, many will simply throw it away.
The Customer also Needs to get Park Place
dIn order to win the $1 million, the person who gets Boardwalk also needs to get Park Place. While this isn’t difficult to do if the person knows they have the rare piece, it may be more difficult if they don’t know it’s rare. Maybe they only visit McDonald’s once a month or rarely, and may never get the other piece needed because they don’t go to but the food there often enough. The Boardwalk piece itself doesn’t win the prize.
In the end, all these factors combined means that most years, McDonald’s doesn’t actually have to give the $1 million prize away. Not only is the piece rare, but a lot of other things need to align correctly for the prize to actually be claimed. The fact is that in all likelihood, nobody is going to walk away with $1 million from the McDonald’s Monopoly game.
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