Pass Go to collect real cash for 80th Monopoly birthday

February 4, 2015 10:12 am

There can’t be a Monopoly fan in the world who has not dreamed of playing with real money.
Now,
for the 80th anniversary of the game’s first appearance in France,
Hasbro is providing exactly that – at least for 80 lucky buyers.

Photo / Richard Robinson

Only
one set will land the major jackpot, in which every game note is
replaced by real money – for a total windfall of 20,580 ($32,360). In
addition, 10 sets will contain five real 20 notes, two 50 notes and one
100 note, while 69 sets will have five 10 notes and five 20 notes.
“We wanted to do something unique,” said Florence Gaillard, brand manager at Hasbro France.
The
operation to switch the notes was carried out in secret, in the small
eastern town of Creutzwald, where the games are packed up before being
shipped throughout France.

“First of all, it wasn’t easy to get the notes. They had to be escorted discretely,” explained Gaillard.
Appropriately
for a game where players try to cruelly bankrupt their opponents,
Monopoly even roped in a bailiff to count and re-count the real notes.
“When they asked me, I was giddy as a child,” said the bailiff in question, Patrice Wimmer, an aficionado of the game.
The
board game of Monopoly was created after the Great Depression in the
United States and has been tearing families and friends apart ever
since.

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