Every year, fast-food guru McDonald’s holds their Monopoly promotion. The prizes vary, but range from a few fast food goodies to lots and lots of cash! So, which of the millions of pieces distributed each year are winners? Here’s your guide to the McDonald’s Monopoly rare pieces.
While you can enter without making a purchase, you’ll still need to collect the winning (or rare) pieces to claim a win. There hasn’t been much change from year to year on which pieces are the ones to collect. The only thing that really changes are the prizes.
For each block of same-colored properties, there is one hard-to-get piece. That means that thousands of the common pieces will be floating around. Many might even be put up for sale by people hoping to make a few bucks off of unsuspecting players. It is also not advised to trade pieces; these are usually always scams. The odds of finding a common McDonald’s Monopoly game piece is 1 in 11 or 1 in 10.
Before you throw away any of those pieces, be sure you memorize this list of important pieces to collect. The rare ones can be worth cash, vacations, cars, and more!
McDonald’s Monopoly Rare Pieces
For 2016, the list is as follows. (Check back in early 2017 for an updated list for the current year.)
The rare property for this color set is Mediterranean Avenue. Baltic Avenue is common piece. Past prizes for this property have been awards of $50 cash.
Light Blue Properties
The rare property for this color set is Vermont Avenue. Both Connecticut Avenue and Oriental Avenue are common. Past prizes for this property have been $1,000 in cash.
The rare property for this color set is Virginia Avenue. Both States Avenue and St. Charles Place are common. Past prizes for this complete property set have been awards of $5,000 cash.
The rare property for this color set is Tennessee Avenue. Both St. James Place and New York Avenue are common. Past prizes for this complete property block have been awards of $5,000 cash.
The rare piece for this property set is Kentucky Avenue. Both Indiana Avenue and Illinois Avenue are common. The prize for this property set have traditional been $10,000 cash.
The rare piece for this color set is Ventnor Avenue. The common pieces are Atlantic Avenue and Marvin Gardens. The prizes in past years for this color set have been awards of $5,000 in cash.
The rare piece for this property set is Pennsylvania Avenue. Both North Carolina Avenue and Pacific Avenue are common. Past prizes for this color group have been awards of $50,000 cash.
Dark Blue Properties
The rare piece for this property color is Boardwalk, with a chance of 1 in over 500,000,000 in finding it! Park Place is common. If you get both, you’ll win a prize of one million dollars cash!
These pieces are worth something, too. The rare piece in this set is Short Line. If you collect it and the common pieces of Reading Railroad, Pennsylvania Railroad, and B&O Railroad, you could be eligible for a prize of $500 cash.
Yes, utilities count in this sweepstakes. Don’t forget to check for the rare game piece Water Works! If you find it and the most common Electric Company, you could win $10,000 cash!
Additional Chances to Win (Other than Rare McDonald’s Monopoly Pieces)
Remember, you should always keep your pieces even if they are common. Each piece has a code printed on it that can be entered in the online version of the game for additional prizes. These differ from year to year, so check the current year’s official rules for more details. You can also check the official McDonald’s website throughout the year for updates!
List of McDonald’s Monopoly Rare Pieces
To summarize, here’s the quick list of pieces you don’t want to throw away:
- Mediterranean Avenue
- Vermont Avenue
- Virginia Avenue
- Tennessee Avenue
- Kentucky Avenue
- Ventnor Avenue
- Pennsylvania Avenue
- Short Line
- Water Works