McDonald's Monopoly game promotion is back and will again increase revenues for the fast food giant as those who ignore the odds flock to their neighborhood McDonald's to gorge themselves for loosing game pieces!
The odds of winning a Small McFlurry, a Medium 'trans fat' Fries or a Breakfast Sandwich are "approximately 1 in 7.2." So you should win something every 7th time you eat at McD.
Not so great are the odds of winning the $50 prize: approximately 1 in 91,697.
Odds of winning a Sony Home theater and Flat Panel HDTV: about 1 in 91,697,000. That's less than winning a few million in the Texas Lottery (which is 1 in 25,827,165).
The odds are even worse for the trip for two to Vegas: 1 in 114,621,250.
The odds are 3.5 billion to 1 against you winning a $50,000 prize.
And as for the $5 million grand prize: "Odds of winning are approximately 1 in 41,497,391,309." Wow! For the sake of comparison, the odds of winning the Powerball Lottery is 1 in 146,107,962. Much, much better.
Of course, for several years of McD's Monopoly game you had no chance at all of winning a big prize. That's because the winning pieces were horded by those working on the inside.
But McDonald's has supposedly worked out new security procedures since the fraud was discovered in 2001.
During those years almost all the large prizes, totalling $24 million, went to those in on the scheme.