If you are into gambling the various state lotteries might just barely be considered a game if, when we say “game” we mean giving the state money for a ludicrous chance at winning a few bucks, then yeah, game.
Of course your ability to participate in state-sanctioned games of chance sort depends on where you happen to call home. Just for fits and shiggles before we get to the McDonalds portion of this post on games of chance, here ye must live if ye be wantin’ to partake of the Lotto!
So, for state-run Lottery we have 44 states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Then there are three other not-states that ALSO have lotteries, those being the District of Columbia, and two US Territories: Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Check it out – the last two lines on this game piece are a Second Chance Code and the URL you need to go to to redeem it – and this may be found on pretty much all of the game pieces. Hitting that URL up and entering each code gives you a chance at the Second Chance Prizes – a whopping $50K drawing chance!
The states (and territories) listed above have Lotto programs as well as scratch lottery games, but that is not the ONLY such offerings, as in addition to the individual state-run money printing machines known as Lottery there are ALSO some multi-state super-lotteries as well. Those are:
(1) The 2by2 Lottery – Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota.
(2) All or Nothing – Iowa and Minnesota.
(3) Cash4Life – Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.
(4) Hot Lotto – Delaware, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia.
(5) Lucky for Life – Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and, new to this Super-Duper Lottery in 2016 are Colorado, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
(6) MegaHits Video Slots Lotto – Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
(7) Tri-State Lottery (Megabucks Plus, Pick 3 Day & Night, Pick 4 Day & Night, snd the Fast Play) – Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
A spiffy map covering the evolution of the lotto state-by-state courtesy of tuition.io
Now wait, you might have been thinking we are done, but no, there is still more! The following states, in addition to their standard and combined lottery programs, ALSO offer Networked Video Keno Games: Arizona, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, and Tennessee.
Then there are the states with legal casinos with casino games like Poker, Blackjack, and Slots: Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, and West Virginia, and of course the US Territories of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Then there are the legal race track gambling states (either horse, harness, or dog or a combination of them) which are: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming, as well as the Territories of Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
But hey there! We are STILL not done!
You see in addition to all of the LEGAL state-supervised gambling listed above, some of the First Nation (Native American) tribes in the following states ALSO have legal casino gambling on their Reservation Lands.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming but no Districts or Territories this time. Just saying.
So you might be thinking that the massive lists above would wrap up legal gambling in the good old USA right? Ah, but not so fast. You see in addition to the above legal gambling a much wider and more diverse casino, card, and other sort of gambling takes place in all but Hawaii, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah – and that is CHARITABLE gambling.
That last generally takes the form of specially-licensed “casino” nights for churches, and religions and NGO charities.
These examples of scratch-off lottery tickets happen to be among the more controversial of lottery offerings – having been widely criticized for feeding into the addiction disability for the OCD sufferers of the planet, and ruining the life of countless families due to what has been said to be a gambling format that is simply too accessible.
Then there are the four states with legal Sports Betting (what is called Book Making) which are Delaware, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon.
So to sum up the stats for LEGAL gambling in the USA by state, district, and territories, they are:
- Commercial Casinos = 18 States / 3 Territories
- Charitable Gambling = 46 States / 1 District / 5 Territories
- Horse/Dog Racing = 25 States / 2 Territories
- KENO = 7 States
- Multi-State Lotteries = 33 States / 1 District
- Native American Casinos = 30 States
- Sports Betting / Book Making = 4 States
- State-Run Lotteries = 44 States / 1 District / 2 Territories
Okay thanks for sitting through this lengthy list of legal gambling states and territories along with the associated stats. Why’d we do all that? Check this out: the McDonalds Monopoly Game? Yeah, it is legal in – well – everywhere! Want to know why?
McDonald’s Monopoly would be illegal in almost every state in the USA (and in a lot of other countries for that matter) without its interesting “no purchase necessary” clause.
Via its Facebook and Twitter accounts McDonalds alos offers second-chance well, chances. You see there are codes on all of the game pieces except the instant cash ones that you can enter into the online website for the game for a second chance to win a prize online at http://www.PlayatMcD.com — the prize being a chance to win one of five $50,000 cash prizes.
To win the instant cash you have to have the physical pieces. Which means you have to go buy some food at McDonalds… Or do you? Well as it turns out, no… No you do not!
You can get McDonald’s Monopoly game pieces without purchase (and without calories) by mail. The official McDonald’s Monopoly rules state that you can obtain free game pieces by sending a SASE to:
2016 MONEY MONOPOLY Game at McDonald’s
Game Piece Request
P.O. Box 49248
Strongsville, OH 44149-0248
Using this method will cost you two stamps, and two envelopes for each two game pieces you obtain via the mail method. Of course if you just want to get your game pieces the old fashion way – on food – here are some tips on how to do that as cheap as possible – listed by food item, the number of game pieces that should come on that food item, and the Cost Per Piece (or cpp rounded up) breakdown:
- 10-Piece Chicken McNuggets (x2 game pieces) $4.49 ($2.25 cpp)
- 20-Piece Chicken McNuggets (x4 game pieces) $5.00 ($1.25 cpp)
- Big Mac Sandwich (x2 game pieces) $3.99 ($2.00 cpp)
- Biscuit Brekkie Sandwich (x2 game pieces) $1.39 (.70 cpp)
- Egg McMuffin Sandwich (x2 game pieces) $2.79 ($1.40 cpp)
- Egg White Delight McMuffin (x2 game pieces) $2.69 ($1.35 cpp)
- Filet-O-Fish Sandwich (x2 game pieces) $3.79 ($1.90 cpp)
- Hash Browns (x2 game pieces) $1.09 (.55 cpp)
- Large French Fries (x4 game pieces) $1.89 (.47 cpp)
- Large (22 oz.) Cold McCafe Drinks (x2 Pieces) $3.39 (1.70 cpp)
- Medium Fountain Drink (x2 game pieces) $1.29 (.65 cpp)
- Medium (16 oz.) Cold McCafe Drinks (x2 Pieces) $2.89 ($1.45 cpp)
- Oatmeal (x2 game pieces) $1.99 ($1.00 cpp)
- Premium McWrap (x4 Pieces) $3.99 ($1.00 cpp)
- Sausage McMuffin with Egg* (x2 Pieces) $2.79 ($1.40 cpp)
* Excludes the Sausage McMuffin without Egg version
When we do the math, if you are buying the food to get the pieces then it would be the Large French Fries (x4 game pieces) $1.89 (.47 cpp). So there you have it – the cost of playing McDonald’s Monopoly Game! Now on to the very interesting part – what pieces win, and what you can win!
The Winning Pieces
The following are the winning pieces along with the prize that they are worth – and the odds of getting the rare piece sorted by value of prize:
- Mediterranean Avenue (#601) $50 Prize (Brown Set) odds are 1 in 578,543
- Short Line RR (#626) $500 Prize (Railroad Set) Odds are 1 in 2,567,950
- Vermont Avenue (#604) $1,000 Prize (Light Blue Set) Odds are 1 in 51,359,172.
- Virginia Avenue (#608) $2,000 Prize (Magenta Set) Odds are 1 in 51,359,172.
- Tennessee Avenue (#610) $5,000 Prize (Orange Set) Odds are 1 in 102,718,344.
- Kentucky Avenue (#612) $10,000 Prize (Red Set) Odds are 1 in 102,718,344.
- Ventnor Avenue (#616) $25,000 Prize (Yellow Set) Odds are 1 in 102,718,344.
- Pennsylvania Avenue (#620) $50,000 Prize (Green Set) Odds are 1 in 102,718,344.
- Boardwalk (#622) $1,000,000 Prize (Dark Blue Set) Odds are 1 in 513,591,720.
So why is the 2016 McDonalds Monopoly Game grouped together with state lottery and casino gambling you might very well ask? Actually the reason is far simpler than it may at first appear: The Odds. If you look at the odds of winning the top prizes for this game, it turns out you actually may be better off going to the Casinos than playing Monopoly at least with respect to your chances of winning… But don’t let that stop you – if you don’t play, how can you win?
What are the Prizes?
There are many but the most common will be the Instant Food Prizes – not the cash. Sigh. Here for your edification and excitement are the prizes that we know about:
Instant Win Food Prizes (The odds of winning a food prize are around 1 in 3.9)
- Frappe or Smoothie
- Medium Fries
- Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich
- Quarter Pounder with Cheese
Instant Win Cash Prizes (Odds of winning around 1 in 45,000)
Collect and Win Prizes (Odds vary by prize amount see list above)
- $50 Brown Set
- $500 Railroad Set
- $1,000 Light Blue Set
- $2,000 Magenta Set
- $5,000 Orange Set
- $10,000 Red Set
- $25,000 Yellow Set
- $50,000 Green Set
- $1,000,000 Dark Blue Set
Well there you go – and hey – this IS a game you know – so it totally deserves coverage here, where we cover games. That said, we think you should think twice about going on that all Large French Fry all the time diet. Heh.