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McDonald’s Monopoly – 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 be munching your way to a free Xbox, car or holiday!

McDonalds Monopoly tactics

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

So, unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you'll 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 the space of a 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, as well as the rare stickers to look out for.

When is McDonald's Monopoly?

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McDonald’s Monopoly comes around every March, and lasts for six weeks.

This year’s promotion kicks off on Wednesday 21st March and ends on Tuesday 1st May - and there's a big change this time around.

Rather having to keep hold of your stickers and fold-up Monopoly board, you can now 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!

If you love free food then you should probably check out our student food and drink deals.

What can you win with McDonald's Monopoly?

McDonalds monopoly rare pieces

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 Big Mac, make sure you read our simplified tips below.

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

  1. Instant win food 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.

    There are 50,000,000 available, so your chances of getting one of these are pretty good - in fact, that's around one winner every two minutes in each McDonald's #quickmaths.

    You could win, among other things, ice cream, hash browns, apple pies, burgers, fries, plus plenty more - including non-food prizes!

  2. Online prizes

    Every McDonald’s item that comes with stickers will also include a code for an online cash prize draw.

    Two prizes of £5-£100 are given away every minute while the Monopoly promotion is running, so it’s worth a punt.

    If you want to up your chances of winning, try playing at a weird time of day. After all, far fewer people will be entering codes at 3am on a Tuesday than at Saturday lunchtime.

  3. Property 'set' prizes - rare stickers

    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.

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

    Here’s a list of the McDonald's Monopoly rare stickers to look out for, as well as how many of them are available and what you could win if you complete the sets they belong to:

    Stations: Liverpool St Station (13,000 available) - Now TV box + pass

    Brown: Old Kent Road (1,500,000 available) - free McDonald’s extra value meal

    Light blue: Euston Road (14,600 available) - £30 Missguided voucher

    Pink: Northumberland Avenue (3,000 available) - wireless speaker

    Orange: Marlborough Street (1,200 available) - £250 Red Letter Days voucher

    Red: Strand (500 available) - Xbox One X

    Yellow: Coventry Street (20 available) - Universal Orlando holiday for four people

    Green: Bond Street (20 available) - Mini Cooper

    Dark blue: Mayfair (4 available) - £100,000 cash

  4. Now TV passes

    If you have 10 'spare' property stickers (including duplicates) you can swap them for a one-month Entertainment, Kids or Movies Now TV pass, or a one- day Sky Sports pass - just redeem them on the McDonald's Monopoly website.

    You can claim a maximum of three free Now TV passes during the promotion, but you can only claim each type of Now TV pass once.

How can you increase your chances of winning?

winning mcdonalds monopoly

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.

For example, if you order a medium six chicken nuggets meal you’ll get four stickers, but get a three chicken selects large meal and you’ll get 8!

Here are the food and drinks that do come with stickers (and how many are on each):

  • Medium Fries – 2 x stickers
  • Large Fries – 3 x stickers
  • Medium Carbonated Soft Drink – 2 x stickers
  • Large Carbonated Soft Drink – 3 x stickers
  • Premium Salad (excluding Shaker Side Salad) – 3 x stickers
  • Chicken Legend – 3 x stickers
  • Chicken Legend with Bacon – 3 x stickers
  • Chicken Selects (3 or 5 pieces) – 3 x stickers
  • Big Tasty – 3 x stickers
  • Big Tasty with Bacon – 3 x stickers
  • The BBQ, The Classic or The Spicy from The Signature Collection – 3 x stickers
  • Cadbury Creme Egg or Cadbury Caramel McFlurry – 2 x stickers
  • Mozzarella Dippers – 2 x stickers
  • Big Flavour Wrap – 3 x stickers
  • Regular Iced Frappe/Iced Fruit Smoothie – 2 x stickers
  • Large Iced Frappe/Iced Fruit Smoothie – 3 x stickers
  • Shaker Side Salads, medium or large hot drinks or drinks served in a bottle or carton – 2 x stickers if ordered after 10.30am as part of a medium meal, 3 x stickers if ordered after 10.30am as part of a large meal.

Note: prices vary across the country, but in terms of value per sticker, you're sometimes best to order three large fries and a large drink (12 stickers), instead of a large meal for the same price (9 stickers).

Go large

rare stickers in McDonald's monopoly

All medium sides come with two stickers apiece, whereas large ones have three each.

This may or may not be worth the extra 40p - it’s up to you!

Use tricks and vouchers

Getting your meal for as little as possible is always a bonus, but can you combine McD’s moneysavers 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 meal.

Unfortunately none of these freebies come with stickers, but if you do win something on your normal meal, you could potentially get enough food to feed two if you get a student freebie too.

You can also use use our sneaky trick to turn old McDonald's receipts into endless £1.99 Big Mac and Fries, or this hack to get loads of different meals for £1.99!

Or, alternatively, find the offer on certain bus tickets, that bag you a burger and fries for £1.99, too. None of the mains available with this trick come with stickers, but the fries do!


what is wombling

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If you’re an avid reader of Save the Student, you might have read our recent article on wombling - essentially using other people’s rubbish to bag yourself free food. 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 waiting a while before coming back. Wombling isn’t illegal, but you might find that members of staff may take issue with it.

Sell or buy your stickers on eBay

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

It's highly unlikely that anyone will be selling the rare Mcdonald's Monopoly pieces 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.

We think the best way to make money from your stickers would be to collect enough for a Now TV pass and then sell those as a set.

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!