Me & My Muse – Day 450: Advancing to Boardwalk Once Again

Well, it’s here once again.  McDonald’s big money maker.  That’s right.  The Monopoly Game at McDonald’s is back.

For years, Rich “Uncle” Pennybags has teamed up with the Golden Arches to create a contest that has been unmatched by any other.  The greasy and fat laden food of McDonald’s mixed with one of Parker Brothers most popular board games of all time.  This is Monopoly: 2014 McDonald’s Edition.  And like all other contests before, you’re playing for keeps, with REAL money and REAL prizes to win.

Unlike last year, I find it refreshing that the contest is at its normal fall schedule this year.  Typically, the Monopoly Game at McDonald’s begins around late September and ends in late October.  Last year, this wasn’t the case.  Last year, it went from mid-July to mid-August.  The contest started yesterday, ending in late October, just like normal.  I would’ve talked about the contest yesterday, had I known that the contest was going to take place.

In the more recent years, I have made a spreadsheet to tabulate all the game pieces that I have collected throughout the duration of the game.  In the past,  I have collected every single game piece except the winning game pieces:  Short Line Railroad, Mediterranean Avenue, Vermont Avenue,  Virginia Avenue, Tennessee Avenue, Kentucky Avenue, Ventnor Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, and of course, Boardwalk.

And it’s clearly understandable why I haven’t collected Boardwalk yet when you look at the odds.  This year, McDonald’s has 651,841,628 game pieces in circulation.  Of those game pieces,  128,769,022  of them are food prizes.  I have already won two of them last night:  a quarter-pounder and medium fries.  With a 1 in 4 chance of winning food, you have a good chance of winning something when you’re playing this game.  However, the food prizes are not what I’m after.  I’m after the rare game pieces with impossible odds.   The odds for the rare game pieces are as follows:

Mediterranean Avenue:  1 in 651,842

Vermont Avenue:             1 in 144,583,163

Virginia Avenue:               1 in 130,368,326

Tennessee Avenue:           1 in 2,429,970

Kentucky Avenue:             1 in 32,592,082

Ventnor Avenue:               1 in 8,691,222

Pennsylvania Avenue:      1 in 325,920,814

Short Line Railroad:         1 in 57,833,265

For Boardwalk, it’s the most rare of all.  For Boardwalk alone, I have a 1 in 651,841,628 chance to get it.

And just to let you know, I already have Park Place.  With a 1 in 11 chance, Park Place is easy to get.  All I need is Boardwalk…..


Muse:  You’re never going to get it.

I may not, but I still love playing the game.

Muse:  At least you win food, right?

That’s true, but it’s really like getting some of your money back.  The most worthwhile food prizes are McFlurries, in my opinion..

Muse:  Well, let you know if you win.

You’re not playing?

Muse:  I’m not interested.  But if you find Boardwalk, let me know.

I will.  Don’t you worry.

Muse:  Time to prepare dinner!


About my pursuit for Boardwalk.  With this being just day two of the contest,  my hunt for Boardwalk has just begun.  The high for today is going to be 65 degrees and the silver lining is the Monopoly at McDonalds contest beginning.  Tomorrow at dinner, I’ll have another chance to find Boardwalk.

To those of you who love the Monopoly contest like I do, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  Advancing to Boardwalk Again?  I guess it’s a little different from last time.  If he finds it, I’ll definitely be interested…