How To Play McDonalds Monopoly

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McDonalds Monopoly usually runs for six weeks of every year and gives you the chance to win a whole host of prizes from free apple pies to holidays or even a cool £100,000 in cash.

In this guide, I’ll tell you everything you need to know to play McDonalds Monopoly. At the end, I’ve also got some useful tips that will give you the best chance of winning.

McDonalds Restaurant

How McDonalds Monopoly Works

When McDonalds Monopoly is on, selected food items feature game pieces. You can use these to win prizes in three ways:

  • Instant Win – Only one winning piece is needed to win a prize
  • Collect to Win – Collect a full colour set of two, three or four pieces to win
  • Online Game – Enter a code from each piece this via the McDonalds website or app to enter a prize draw

What can you win?

The top prize in McDonalds Monopoly is usually £100,000 cash. There are four of these to be won and you’ll need to collect both the Mayfair and Park Lane pieces to win.

Other prizes include McDonalds food, holidays, electronics, shopping vouchers and McDonalds Gold Cards which will get you one free meal per week for a year. You can also get discount vouchers which will give you money off various things.

How long is McDonalds Monoply on for?

McDonalds Monopoly lasts for six weeks, but you’ll have a few months after it ends to claim your prizes.

Historically, McDonalds Monoply in the UK always started in late March. However, in 2020 all McDonalds stores were forced to close to comply with government guidelines. McDonalds Monopoly was postponed and re-introduced on 25th August 2021.

It’s not yet known when McDonalds Monopoly will take place in 2022. It didn’t happen in March, so it looks like late August 2022 could be the most likely time as that will be a year since the last McDonalds Monopoly event.

Suggested read: McDonalds Monopoly 2022 Dates

What McDonalds items have Monopoly?

You can get McDonalds Monopoly pieces on certain burgers, wraps, fries, salads, sides, ice creams and drinks. Many of the most popular items, like Big Macs and Cheeseburgers, don’t actually contain any Monopoly pieces.

Some of the qualifying items have two Monopoly pieces (double labels) and some have three (triple labels).

You can see a full list of items here: McDonalds Monopoly Qualifying Items.

McDonalds food item
Danijel-James Wynyard, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

How to Get a McDonalds Monopoly Board

Years ago, you would get a cardboard McDonalds Monopoly board and the pieces were stickers that you would attach to it. However, times have changed.

Nowadays, the McDonalds Monopoly board is shown on the tray liner that you’ll get when you order food to eat in. So, if you order to take out or for delivery, you won’t get one.

That doesn’t matter though as the boards aren’t used for anything anymore. And the stickers aren’t actually sticky, they’re just pieces of paper!

Instead of a physical board, you can save your pieces and game codes to the McDonalds app. There’s also a picture of a game board on the McDonalds website. You can use the board to refer to, to see which pieces you need to complete sets, but it’s not necessary.

How to Win at McDonalds Monopoly

There are three ways to win at McDonalds Monopoly – Instant Win, Collect To Win and Online Game. To win the best prizes, you’ll need to collect a full colour set of pieces.

Collect to Win

On a Monopoly board, each property belongs to a colour set with one or two more. With stations, you need four for a full set. With McDonald’s Monopoly, the Collect To Win pieces will tell you which other pieces you need to collect to get a full set as well as what prize you can claim if you do so.

McDonalds Monopoly is harder than it initially sounds because within each colour set there is always one property that’s rare and therefore very hard to get.

You can check out this list of rare McDonalds Monopoly pieces to see exactly which those are. If your piece is on the list, then you have a good chance of finding the others in the set and claiming a prize.

Instant Win

Many people think that Instant Win Monopoly piece are the best because you don’t need to do anything at all. If you win a food prize such as a free McFlurry, you can just walk up to the counter and claim your prize.

Instant Win pieces sometimes have big prizes too and people have been known to win holidays, hot tubs, TVs and even the highly-coveted McDonalds Gold Cards all from a single Monopoly piece.

Online Game

On every McDonalds Monopoly food item, one of the stickers will contain a unique 10 character-long code to enter the online game. For a chance of winning a prize, you’ll need to enter the code online via the McDonalds website or app.

You can win cash prizes of between £5 and £100 as well as millions of McDonalds food prizes plus some non-food prizes like online subscriptions and vouchers.

Tips for Winning at McDonalds Monopoly

1. Know which food items have Monopoly stickers

So many people miss out on Monopoly tokens because they order food that doesn’t have stickers, like Big Macs! Check out the list of qualifying items so you know what to order to get the biggest bang for your buck.

And rather than making your meal large (which won’t help with the tokens at all), may I suggest that you add some carrots or a pineapple stick? Each of these will get you three more game pieces for just 79p!

2. Save all of your pieces

Most people are only interested in instant wins so they’ll discard any of the other pieces. You’ll never get a full set by doing that. Instead, keep all of your pieces in a safe place, so that one Mayfair pops up, you’ve already got Park Lane ready.

Even after you’ve submitted your claim online, don’t throw away your game pieces. McDonalds don’t usually request to see the physical pieces, but they can do to validate the claim.

3. Pick up discarded pieces

It’s against the rules to buy or trade McDonalds Monopoly pieces, but there’s nothing to stop you from collecting pieces that other people have thrown away.

Look around McDonalds restaurants for any stickers that have been left behind. Many people forget to peel them off their drinks. You could even stand by the bin and offer to empty people’s trays of rubbish in exchange for any unwanted stickers.

Profiting from other people’s unwanted rubbish is known as wombling. It’s not illegal, but it may be frowned upon in some McDonalds restaurants, so always be discrete and friendly.

McDonalds bag

4. Enter the online draw at night

Each qualifying food purchase gives you a chance to enter the McDonalds Monopoly online draw. Don’t forget to do this as a winner is chosen every 30 seconds.

The non-cash prizes are allocated so that more are up for grabs during the times that people are likely to be online. But the cash prizes are spaced equally throughout each 24-hour period.

So, for the best chance of winning cash in the online draw, enter your online codes at night.

How to Claim Your Prize

You can claim McDonalds Monopoly food prizes at the restaurant counter, drive-thru window, self-service machine or via the app. You can’t however, use them when you order via UberEats or JustEat.

Other prizes can be claimed by filling in a claim form on the McDonalds website or app.

If you need more information about how to claim your prize, I have a full guide here: How To Redeem McDonalds Monopoly Prizes.

The Bottom Line

McDonalds Monopoly is such a fun game – Everyone loves the excitement of peeling back those stickers to check for prizes.

But, if you’ve just been looking for Instant Wins, you’ve definitely not been making the most of the promotion. Be sure to save the collectable pieces too and look out for whether any of them are rare or not. If they are, you’ll want to gather as many game tokens as you can until you win.

And don’t forget about the online game too. There are millions of prizes to be won there including free food and cash. The easiest way to enter is with the McDonalds app.

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