For most people, McDonald’s Monopoly is a nice way to win an extra free side with your meal – but play your cards right and you could be munching your way to a free PS4, car or holiday!
Every time McDonald’s Monopoly pops up, the whole of the UK seems to go into a mad frenzy – and students get especially competitive.
So, you’ll probably already know that it’s a competition where you collect stickers from special menu items in order to win a range of prizes.
If you’re anything like us you probably use McDonald’s Monopoly as an excuse to eat far too many nuggets in one month – but while you’re at it, you may as well play to win too!
In classic Save the Student style, we’ve done the research on how to maximise your chances of winning, as well as the rare stickers to look out for.
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When is McDonald’s Monopoly 2019?
McDonald’s Monopoly comes around every March, and lasts for six weeks.
This year’s promotion kicks off on Wednesday 20th March and ends on Tuesday 30th April – and last years’ big change is set to continue this time around.
Rather having to keep hold of your stickers and fold-up Monopoly board, you can now store them all online on the McDonald’s Monopoly website.
Finally, your wallet won’t be filled to the brim with those pesky (and greasy) stickers!
What can you win with McDonald’s Monopoly?
There’s so much you can win with McDonald’s Monopoly – and so many ways to win it all – that things can get a little confusing. But, before you start discarding your stickers after scoffing your burger, make sure you read our simplified tips below.
Put simply, there are three ways to win at McDonald’s Monopoly:
Instant win prizes
This is your best chance of winning. Plus, who doesn’t want free food?
These are pretty self-explanatory, just take the peel-off sticker that says “Free sundae”, “Free apple pie”, “Free cheeseburger” (or whatever else) to the till before the expiry date and enjoy your free food.
There are 50,000,000 available, so your chances of getting one of these are pretty good – in fact, that’s around one winner every two minutes in each McDonald’s #quickmaths.
You could win, among other things, ice cream, hash browns, apple pies, burgers, fries, plus plenty more – including non-food prizes, like shopping vouchers, hard cash and NOW TV sticks, plus some of the property set prizes, like a MINI Cooper!
Every McDonald’s item that comes with stickers will also include a code for an online cash prize draw.
Two prizes of £5 – £100 are given away every minute while the Monopoly promotion is running, so it’s worth a punt.
If you want to up your chances of winning, try playing at a weird time of day. After all, far fewer people will be entering codes at 3am on a Tuesday than at midday on a Saturday.
Property ‘set’ prizes
We all know that in real Monopoly, once you’ve bought all of the properties of one particular colour, you get to double the rent you charge for them. But collecting a complete set in McDonald’s Monopoly can be even more lucrative.
Don’t think that just because you have two of a certain colour that you’re on to a winner, though. There’s always one property per set that is rarer than the others, so if you see any of these on your McDonald’s meal, keep hold of them!
Here’s a list of the McDonald’s Monopoly rare stickers to look out for, as well as how many of them are available and what you could win if you complete the sets they belong to.
Rare McDonald’s Monopoly stickers
Stations: Liverpool St Station – phone of your choice with a one-year Sky Mobile contract (300 available)
Brown: Old Kent Road – free McDonald’s medium Extra Value Meal or Big Flavour Wraps meal (2,000,000 available)
Light blue: Euston Road – £30 boohoo or boohooMAN voucher (14,000 available)
Pink: Northumberland Avenue – £50 JD Sports gift card (5,000 available)
Orange: Marlborough Street – Urbanears wireless headphones (1,000 available)
Red: Strand – PS4 Pro (500 available)
Yellow: Coventry Street – £2,000 holiday spend with loveholidays (20 available)
Green: Bond Street – MINI Cooper (15 available)
Dark blue: Mayfair – £100,000 cash (4 available)
How can you increase your chances of winning?
Pretty much the only way to increase your chances of getting prizes with McDonald’s Monopoly is to get your hands on more stickers.
There are a couple of easy ways to do this (that don’t involve buying hundreds of burgers).
Which McDonald’s meals have the most Monopoly stickers?
If you want to get the maximum amount of stickers available, you might need to slightly game your usual order. Some McDonald’s menu items are 100% sticker free – so you’ll want to avoid these if you’re trying to win.
For example, if you order a medium six chicken nuggets meal you’ll get four stickers, but get a three chicken selects large meal and you’ll get 8!
How many Monopoly stickers does each McDonald’s menu item have?
Get the Shaker Side Salad instead of fries
In previous years, large fries and drinks used to come with more stickers than the medium equivalent. However, keen not to be seen to be encouraging an unhealthy diet, McDonald’s have changed things up in 2019.
Now all fries, whether as part of a meal or not, only come with two stickers. However, the Shaker Side Salads, Vegetable Bags and Fruit Bags (all available as sides) all come with three stickers – so they’re not just healthier, but they increase your chances of winning too!
We’ve had a few readers contacting us to say they haven’t received any stickers at all with their salads – and one even saying that the McDonald’s staff told them the salads don’t come with the game pieces.
We thought this sounded odd, as the official McDonald’s Monopoly rules says that they should. We got in touch with McDonald’s on Twitter (see below) and low and behold, the Shaker Side Salads should come with stickers. If you don’t get any, you’re well within your rights to ask for some!
Avoid Big Macs and McNuggets
As much as it pains us to say this, if you want to get the maximum number of stickers for your buck, avoid Big Macs and McNuggets like the plague.
We know #nugzlife is THE life, but as our table above shows, Big Macs and McNuggets have absolutely no Monopoly stickers whatsoever.
Sure, the side and drink you go for will have some stickers – but given that pretty much every other main comes with three stickers, we reckon it’s worth sacrificing the old favs while the Monopoly promotion is running.
Use McDonald’s tricks and vouchers
Getting your meal for as little as possible is always a bonus, but can you combine McD’s money-savers with the Monopoly promotion to get the most out of your meal? You bet you can.
Grab your McDonald’s student discount by showing your student card at the till and you’ll get a free original McFlurry, Mayo Chicken or Cheeseburger when you buy any meal.
Unfortunately none of these freebies come with stickers, but if you do win something on your normal meal, you could potentially get enough food to feed two if you get a student freebie too.
You can also use use our sneaky trick to turn old McDonald’s receipts into endless £1.99 Big Mac and fries, or this hack to get loads of different meals for £1.99! Of course, Big Macs don’t come with any stickers – but the side will, and given that you’re getting a full meal (minus a drink) for £1.99, you can’t really complain.
Or, alternatively, find the offers on bus tickets and in newspapers (like the Metro) that bag you a burger and fries for £1.99, too. Typically the mains available with this trick don’t come with stickers, but the fries do!
Womble to get more stickers
If you’re an avid reader of Save the Student, you might have read our guide to wombling – essentially using other people’s rubbish to bag yourself free stuff. This trick works especially well during McDonald’s Monopoly, as some people don’t check for stickers!
Often people will only take the instant win food vouchers and leave behind the online codes or property stickers, so it’s worth your while to take a look if you see any discarded McDonald’s packaging.
It’s best to be discrete about wombling for Monopoly stickers, and if staff do spot you having a womble it’s probably a good idea to use any stickers you find at a different McDonald’s – or even waiting a while before coming back.
Wombling isn’t illegal, but you might find that members of staff may take issue with it.
Sell or buy your stickers on eBay
This might not be totally worth it but you could get lucky.
It’s highly unlikely that anyone will be selling the rare McDonald’s Monopoly stickers on eBay, but you never know. If you are lucky enough to snag any rare stickers, you could use eBay to complete your set too.
Check out our guides to buying and selling on eBay to find out how to get the best prices!
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