MCDONALD’S Monopoly players should join Facebook groups, ditch their favourite meals and ask for a cup of water to get more stickers if they want to boost their chances of winning a prize.
That’s the advice from and ex-employee who’s been dishing up tips and tricks on how to increase our chances of winning at McDonald’s Monopoly.
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Deals hunter Charlotte Burns, who blogs at LottyEarns, used to work behind the tills at the fast-food chain during the summer holidays eight years ago.
Charlotte, 32, from Swansea, only worked there for a few months but picked up some useful knowledge about the highly anticipated annual game.
The competition is already in full swing, but you’ve still got three weeks left to get your hands on some of the top prizes including cash prizes worth up to £100,000, a Mini Cooper or tonnes of free food.
Here’s how Lotty reckons you could be in with a chance of winning:
Join Facebook swaps
Believe it or not, there are actual Facebook groups that have been set up purely for Monopoly players to trade tokens.
Lotty started her own group, McDonalds Monopoly Swap (UK), last year which now has almost 3,000 members.
Players offer to trade pieces to complete sets on Facebook in dedicated groups
When uploading a photo, remember to hide the code or else someone else can claim it and steal your prize, like this one unlucky Snapchat user found out.
Be aware though that McDonald’s might not accept game pieces that have been traded as it says in the game’s terms and conditions that it holds the right to “disqualify anyone who sells, gives away or discloses” tokens.
Keep an eye out on eBay and Gumtree
Gamers often flog unwanted tokens on sales sites like Gumtree and eBay – but they come at a price.
eBay McDonald’s is warning players that some of the tokens on eBay are fakes
Hundreds are being sold on the auction site for as much as £50 a sticker but be aware that some of them may be fake.
You may be tempted to buy a token if you’re close to completing a set but it comes with the same caveat as those that have been swapped – McDonald’s may not accept them as it breaks the rules.
Ask for a cup of water
Tap water is free and it’s often handed out in one of the paper cups pop normally comes in.
Fizzy drinks have three stickers on the packing so if you find the “kindest looking staff member” they may give you the extra stickers for free.
Use free vouchers to get a discount or extra codes
McDonald’s sometimes email free codes to customers who’ve signed up to its newsletters which can be used to enter the Online Game.
You could win cash prizes of up to £100, food vouchers and NOW TV passes – but it’s worth noting that it’s not the code that determines whether you win or not, it’s the time that you play.
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)
Also keep an eye out for free discount vouchers on the back of bus tickets, free newspapers and the receipts, such as £1 off your meal to save you cash when you play.
Some of the vouchers only give you discounts on specific meals that don’t feature in the Monopoly game – so make sue who know what menu items feature.
Lotty also recommends “wombling” – this is where you root through bins and collect discarded receipts to see if you can find codes and tokens that could be worth something.
Ditch your favourite meals
You’re not going to win anything if you stick to ordering Big Macs and McNuggets because once again neither of them are included in the competition.
Customers are better off ordering meals that come with the most stickers to boost their chances of scooping a win.
The most tokens fans can get with their meal is nine, but you’ll need to swap your fries for a shaker salad first.
These are the cheapest meal deals that feature in the Monopoly game
This year, the fast-food chain has given the game a health kick by getting rid of the “go large” incentive and slashing the number of stickers to the same as a medium meal.
For the first time, customers will also get three stickers on fruit and carrot bags.
Make sure you claim your prize before it expires
Excellent, you’ve won a free Big Mac. Now don’t leave it too long before claiming it.
That’s because some prizes, particularly the instant wins, have an expiration date of when you can claim it by.
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Lotty says that some of the food items have a smaller window for cashing it in, while bigger prizes may expire after a few months.
Make sure you read the small print because they won’t be accepted and you won’t be able to get your hands on the freebie.
The Sun has contacted McDonald’s for comment.
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