CODES on McDonald’s Monopoly tokens are almost “meaningless” because the fast-food chain has allocated prizes to fractions of a second every day.
The highly anticipated game runs for 41 days and players scoop prizes through collecting winning token combinations, “instant wins” and entering unique codes into the online game.
Alamy The codes will only let you enter the competition but don’t determine what you win
Each token, which no longer have a sticky back, comes with a unique code that you enter on McDonald’s website to try and win, such as cash prizes of up to £100, food vouchers and NOW TV passes.
But it turns out that prizes aren’t determined by what your code is but what time you enter the competition.
Maccies has allocated specific prizes to “winning moments” throughout the day, that are so exact the you’ll have to enter the code right down to the correct TENTH of a second.
No one knows when these moments are or how long they last but it means you’re in with a chance of winning whatever code you peel off the McDonald’s packaging.
The rarest McDonald’s Monopoly tilesTHESE are the most sought-after tokens in the giveaway – so keep hold of them to win, and don’t throw them in the bin!
Dark Blue – Mayfair – £100,000 (four available)
Green – Bond Street – Mini Cooper (20 available, including five instant wins)
Yellow – Coventry Street – £2,000 holiday with LoveHolidays (50 available)
Red – Strand – PS4 Pro (650 available, including 150 instant wins)
Train stations – London Liverpool Street – A phone of your choice with a one year Sky Mobile contract (400 available, including 100 instant wins)
Orange – Marlborough Street – Urbanears wireless headphones (2,000 available, including 1,000 instant wins)
Pink – Northumberland Avenue – £50 JD sports voucher (7,000 available, including 2,000 instant wins)
Light Blue – Euston Road – £30 Boohoo voucher (18,000 available, including 4,000 instant wins)
Brown – Old Kent Road – Medium extra value meal (2million available)
In the game’s terms and conditions, the restaurant giant explains that if more than one player enters in their code during the winning moment, the winner will be the one who entered it in first.
That means that you could lose out to other fans by typing in your code a split second later than them.
The shocking revelation about how winners are determined came to light after one fan became “curious” about how it worked.
Sam Bailey on Twitter wrote: “I was curious how the #McDonaldsMonopoly online codes worked. So I looked it up.
I was curious how the #McDonaldsMonopoly online codes worked. So I looked it up. The code on the sticker is broadly meaningless (other than being a unique identifier and proof of purchase). The prizes are pre-allocated to fractions of seconds in the 41-day promotional period. pic.twitter.com/fWEL2Kovy8— – ̗̀Sam ̖́- (@samuelbailey) March 25, 2019
“The code on the sticker is broadly meaningless (other than being a unique identifier and proof of purchase.)
“The prizes are pre-allocated to fractions of seconds in the 41-day promotional period.”
Now, we’re no maths boffins but it now feels like the chances of winning are even slimmer.
The Sun has contacted McDonald’s for comment.
McDonald’s has already made it harder to win this year by shrinking the number of top Monopoly prizes up for grabs.
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There are three ways you can actually increase your chance of taking home a prize: by looking out for rare game pieces, using online codes at off-peak times, and wombling.
Not sure what you’re playing for? We’ve put together a round up of all of the prizes that are up for grabs and how many of each you could win.
Plus, we’ve worked out what you need to order to maximise the number of stickers you get without breaking the bank.
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