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McDonald’s Monopoly 2023 – How to win

For most people, McDonald's Monopoly is a nice way to win an extra free side with your meal. But play your cards right and you could get a free electric car, holiday or £100k!

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Every time McDonald's Monopoly pops up, the whole country seems to go into a mad frenzy – and students get especially competitive.

So, you'll probably already know that it's a competition where you collect stickers from special menu items in order to win a range of prizes.

If you're anything like us, you probably use McDonald's Monopoly as an excuse to eat far too many nuggets in one month. But while you're at it, you may as well play to win too!

In classic Save the Student style, we've done the research on how to maximise your chances of winning.

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When is McDonald's Monopoly 2023?

Although there's no news yet on exactly when McDonald's Monopoly 2023 will take place, we expect it'll be around the same time as 2022, when it ran from Wednesday 7th September until Tuesday 18th October.

Similar to the previous year's McDonald's Monopoly, rather than having to keep hold of your stickers and fold-up Monopoly board, you were able to store them all online on the McDonald's Monopoly website.

Finally, your wallet won't be filled to the brim with those pesky (and greasy) stickers!

For the 2022 McDonald's Monopoly, they also brought back the Spicy Chicken McNuggets and you were able to collect Monopoly tickets on these for the very first time.

It's easy to get carried away with the excitement of McDonald's Monopoly, but remember it's essentially a marketing campaign to encourage you to spend more money.

What can you win with McDonald's Monopoly?

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There's so much you can win with McDonald's Monopoly – and so many ways to win it all – that things can get a little confusing. But, before you start discarding your stickers after scoffing your burger, make sure you read our simplified tips below.

Put simply, there are four ways to win at McDonald's Monopoly:

  1. Instant win prizes

    This is your best chance of winning. Plus, who doesn't want free food?

    These are pretty self-explanatory, just take the peel-off sticker that says "Free sundae", "Free apple pie", "Free cheeseburger" (or whatever else) to the till before the expiry date and enjoy your free food.

    In 2021, there were over 50,000,000 available, so your chances of getting one of these were pretty good. In fact, that's around one winner every two minutes in each McDonald's.

    You could win, among other things, ice cream, hash browns, apple pies, burgers, fries, plus plenty more. There are even some non-food goodies up for grabs (like cash, cinema tickets and a McDonald's Gold Card), and some of the property set prizes (listed below) are also available via instant win, including the wireless earbuds and the holiday.

  2. Online prizes

    If you find a property sticker during the Mcdonald's Monopoly, you can also win online prizes. Simply scan the sticker or enter the codes in your McDonald's app or the website. For every property you add to your app, you'll get an extra chance to win with the Digital Peel.

    You could win between £5 – £100 in cash, or some non-cash prizes like gift cards, gym passes or even food vouchers to use at McDonald's. But it also includes big prizes like £100,000 in cash or a MINI electric car!

  3. McDonald's Gold Card

    black gift card box next to mcdonald's gold card

    This is technically one of the instant win prizes, but it's so good that we thought it deserved its own point.

    As part of McDonald's Monopoly 2022, you had the chance to win a McDonald's Gold Card.

    McDonald's gave away 1,000 Gold Cards as part of the Monopoly promotion in 2022. If you won one, you were entitled to a free Maccy's meal once a week, every week for a whole year.

    In fact, one Save the Student reader was lucky enough to win a Gold Card in the first week of the Monopoly promotion and was kind enough to share the pictures you can see above. So it really is possible to find this most coveted of prizes!

  4. Property 'set' prizes

    We all know that in real Monopoly, once you've bought all of the properties of one particular colour, you get to double the rent you charge for them. But collecting a complete set in McDonald's Monopoly can be even more lucrative.

    But don't think that, just because you have two of a certain colour, you're definitely on to a winner. There's always one property per set that is rarer than the others. If you see any of these on your McDonald's meal, keep hold of them!

    Here's a list of the McDonald's Monopoly property prizes:

    Rare McDonald's Monopoly stickers 2022

    • Stations: Liverpool St Station – See Tickets £250 Events Voucher (510 available)
    • Brown: Old Kent Road – free McDonald's medium Extra Value Meal or Big Flavour Wraps meal (2,100,000 available)
    • Light blue: Euston Road – Wireless earbuds from Skullcandy (1,650 available)
    • Pink: Northumberland Avenue – Experience provided by buyagift (2,200 available)
    • Orange: Marlborough Street – Nintendo Switch (505 available)
    • Red: Strand – £1,000 spend on home entertainment with (110 available)
    • Yellow: Coventry Street – £2,000 TUI holiday (80 available)
    • Green: Bond Street – A MINI Electric car (21 available)
    • Dark blue: Mayfair – £100,000 cash (5 available).
Don't pay full price for your stickers! Use our list of McDonald's hacks to get your food for less (or even free!).

How can you increase your chances of winning?

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Pretty much the only way to increase your chances of getting prizes with McDonald's Monopoly is to get your hands on more stickers.

There are a couple of easy ways to do this (that don't involve buying hundreds of burgers).

Which McDonald's meals have the most Monopoly stickers?

If you want to get the maximum amount of stickers available, you might need to slightly game your usual order. Some McDonald's menu items are 100% sticker free, so you'll want to avoid these if you're trying to win.

Here are the food and drinks that came with stickers in 2022:

  • Big Flavour Wraps
  • Big Tasty
  • Big Tasty with Bacon
  • Cheese Sharebox
  • Chicken Legend
  • Chicken Selects (3 or 5)
  • Cold drink
  • Fries
  • McPlant
  • McFlurry
  • Mozzarella Dippers
  • Premium Salad
  • Spicy Chicken McNuggets (6, 9 or 20)
  • Spicy Veggie Wrap.

How many Monopoly stickers does each McDonald's menu item have?

As a guideline, here's how many stickers you could get per food item in last year's McDonald's Monopoly:

FoodNumber of stickers
Big Flavour Wrap (any)3
Big Tasty (with or without bacon)3
Cadbury Dairy Milk or Caramel McFlurry2
Carbonated soft drink (medium or large)3
Chicken and Bacon Salad3
Chicken BBQ Smokehouse3
Chicken Legend (all varieties)3
Chicken Salad3
Chicken Selects (3 or 5 pieces)3
Drink (if part of a meal, medium or large)3
Fries (medium or large)2
Fruit Bag (if part of a meal, medium or large)3
McCafe Iced range (any)3
Mozzarella Dippers (including Cheese Sharebox)2
Side salad (if part of a meal, medium or large)3
Vegetable Bag (if part of a meal, medium or large)3
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Avoid Big Macs and regular McNuggets

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As much as it pains us to say this, if you want to get the maximum number of stickers for your buck, avoid Big Macs and McNuggets like the plague (apart from the Spicy Chicken McNuggets).

As the list above shows, Big Macs and McNuggets have absolutely no Monopoly stickers whatsoever. However, the Spicy McNuggets did have stickers on them in 2022!

Sure, the side and drink you go for will have some stickers. But given that pretty much every other main comes with stickers, we reckon it's worth sacrificing the old favourites while the Monopoly promotion is running.

Use McDonald's tricks and vouchers

Getting your meal for as little as possible is always a bonus. But can you combine McDonald's money-savers with the Monopoly promotion to get the most out of your meal? You bet you can.

Grab your McDonald's student discount by showing your student card at the till and you'll get a free original McFlurry, Mayo Chicken or Cheeseburger when you buy any extra-value or wrap meal.

You can also use our sneaky trick to turn old McDonald's receipts into endless £1.99 Big Mac and fries. Of course, Big Macs don't come with any stickers, but the side could. And as you're getting a full meal (minus a drink) for £1.99, you can't really complain.

Or, alternatively, find the offers on bus tickets and in newspapers (like the Metro) that bag you a burger and fries for £1.99, too. Typically the mains available with this trick don't come with stickers, but the fries do.

And, as we mentioned earlier, we've also got an entire guide to getting to free and cheap McDonald's.

Womble to get more stickers

If you're an avid reader of Save the Student, you might have seen our guide to wombling – essentially using other people's rubbish to bag yourself free stuff. This trick works especially well during McDonald's Monopoly, as some people don't check for stickers.

Often people will only take the instant win food vouchers and leave behind the online codes or property stickers, so it's worth your while to take a look if you see any discarded McDonald's packaging.

It's best to be discrete about wombling for Monopoly stickers, and if staff do spot you having a womble it's probably a good idea to use any stickers you find at a different McDonald's – or even wait a while before coming back.

Wombling isn't illegal, but you could find that members of staff might take issue with it.

Sell or buy your stickers on eBay

This may not be totally worth it but you could get lucky.

It's highly unlikely that anyone will be selling the rare McDonald's Monopoly stickers on eBay, but you never know. If you are lucky enough to snag any rare stickers, you could use eBay to complete your set too.

Check out our guides to buying and selling on eBay to find out how to get the best prices.

You've got this far, so we're guessing that you love your Maccy D's? Check out this trick to get unlimited £1.99 Big Mac and fries.


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