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Afternoon brain snack: Chances of winning McDonald’s Monopoly vs. getting fat (or hit by lightning)

I was poking around the internet and ran across this.

What are your odds of becoming a Macdonalds Monopoly Millionaire, VS your odds of gaining weight ?

To delve into this mystery of the true odds of the 2007 Mcdonalds Monopoly Game you must first become very familiar with the official. Mcdonalds Monopoly Game Rules. Then you must become familiar with the official Mcdonalds Calorie content

Here you also find that you can get game pieces in the restaurant by purchasing

(1) McMuffin® breakfast sandwiches; ( 300 calories )
2) Medium or Large Drinks; (310 calories lrg coke)
(3) Hash Browns; (140 calories)
(4) Big Mac® sandwiches; (540 calories)

Get a Guaranteed Bonus Game Piece (consisting of two Game Stamps plus one Guaranteed Bonus Game Stamp [each, a “Guaranteed Bonus Game Stamp”]) by purchasing one of the following food items in specially-marked packaging:

(1) Large French Fries; (570 calories)
(2) Premium Chicken and Southern Style Chicken sandwiches; (500 calories)

2007 Macdonalds Monopoly Game odds

Odds of winning a One Million Dollar Mcdonalds Monopoly Game prize;

“($1,000,000) annuity payable as $50,000 per year over 20 years with no interest. Odds of winning 1 million approximately 1 in 184,698,474.”

I don’t eat at McDonald’s anyway, so my odds of winning the Monopoly game are nil. I’d say my odds of getting fat are too, but I ran across this as well. *sigh*

Your odds of getting struck by lightning this year? 1/400,000 to 1/700,000. Your odds in a lifetime of 80 years are 1/5000. At least, that’s what the national weather service says.

So, what do we learn from all this? You might as well save the money and not eat at McDonald’s. You’d figure out another way to become a millionaire. And you might want to put some aside for medical bills after you’re hit by lightning. 😉


Mr. Micah October 11, 2007 at 1:55 pm

Oh no!

To quote Jordan, “That’s awful! I can’t believe you said that.”

Mrs. Micah October 11, 2007 at 2:00 pm


GreenPanda October 11, 2007 at 3:59 pm

lol! Wow, I knew the odds were stacked, but I didn’t know it was by that much. I like your analysis of this popular game. Thanks!

Fabulously Broke October 12, 2007 at 6:38 am

Ugh and to think I sacrificed my body to all of those delicious…. heart-stopping hash browns *hee hee* 😉

ms. m&p October 12, 2007 at 7:16 am

Those are terrible odds!! I wonder how many burgers some people wolf down to try and win.

Btw, I actually know 2 people who were struck by lightning, but I don’t know anyone who’s won the lottery or the McDonald’s Monopoly. I’m living proof that your odds are correct.

Paula Bellman October 12, 2007 at 8:26 am

My mom was struck by lightning when she was a girl. She’s never won McDonald’s Monopoly.

Though, my dh DID win some gift cards to McD’s on a radio contest yesterday.

mrsmicah October 12, 2007 at 9:33 am

Wow. Lots more lightning than lotto!

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