Many years ago, I played the McDonald's Monopoly game.
I don't eat at McDonald's much (or ever? I haven't been to one in at least 10 years) but as part of a marketing ploy for my last blog, we bought a hundred hash browns just for the game pieces. It was kinda gross, so so so much oil, but we did manage to win a few decent prizes out of the whole process.
One of the things we learned about many of those games is that the odds of the prizes are controlled by the rarity of pieces. For the McDonald's Monopoly game, there was only ever one Boardwalk printed. That's how they controlled how many winners there were (and also led to famous McDonald's Monopoly scams!).
When I heard about Albertson's/Safeway's Monopoly game, I figured they had to operate in much the same way.
So, let's dive in to see how this Monopoly game works!
How to Play the Safeway Monopoly
From February 6th, 2019 through May 7th, 2019, you can play the Shop, Play, Win! Safeway Monopoly game to win a part of over $250 million various prizes and cash. There's a physical version and an online version. The online version goes until May 17th.
It's a promotion available at 2,000 locations including Albertsons®, Safeway®, Pavilions®, CARRS®, VONS®, Randalls®, Eagle®, Pak ‘n Save®, Tom Thumb®, Jewel-Osco®, ACME Markets®, Shaw's/Star Market®, United Supermarkets®, Market Street®, Amigos®, United Express®, Albertsons Market® and Lucky® in Southern California only.
Playing is easy – visit your local store (which is Safeway for us) – and pick up a Monopoly game board.
When you make a purchase, you get a “Game Ticket.” You may get bonus game tickets if you buy certain products.
Inside the game ticket, there are four “Game Markers.” The game markers are:
- A special discount offer
- Shop, Play, Win! online code
- Instant win prizes like a grocery gift card, cash or free product coupon
- or two free Game Tickets
Remove the markers and find the matching code on the board. Then wet the glue on the back and stick them on the prize area on the board. Don't use glue or tape. When you get enough markers for a prize, you'll need to turn this in to redeem them.
The online codes can be used online at ShopPlayWin.com. You'll need to log in or register but you enter the 16-alphanumeric code online to find out if you win a prize or a discount offer.
If you have the Shop, Play, Win! app, you can just scan the QR code on the back to keep track of your game markers.
How to Get Game Ticket
You get a free game ticket whenever you make a purchase. Lottery tickets, stamps, tobacco, alcohol and other products excluded by law do not count.
If you purchase a bonus game ticket product, you will also get a bonus game ticket.
If you purchase 10 bonus game ticket products in a single transaction, you will receive an additional ticket.
Lastly, you can only get one transaction per 3-hour period.
Online purchases do not qualify for game tickets or bonus tickets, unless you do so as part of a store that offers Drive Up and Go.
How to Get Free Game Ticket
You don't have to buy anything to get a game ticket or a bonus game ticket – you can send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
shop, play, win! collect and win game ticket request
attn: promotions coordinator
p.o. box 3058
kennesaw, ga 30156
There is no limit to the number of requests but each one must be in its own envelope with a separate stamped outer mailing envelope with your first and last name and address. That must match the self-addressed stamped envelope. Do not use address labels or stickers, no handstamps or computer generated labels – it must be handwritten.
Prizes and Odds
There are over $250 million in prizes and cash but the odds are as long as you think they are.
Here is what they calculate as the odds of winning:
w. 1 ticket
w. 13 tickets:
w. 65 tickets:
|3||404,000,000 to 1||31,076,923 to 1||6,215,385 to 1|
|$1,000,000 Vacation Home|
|3||404,000,000 to 1||31,076,923 to 1||6,215,385 to 1|
|$100,000 Cash or Boat*||15||80,800,000 to 1||6,215,385 to 1||1,243,077 to 1|
|$30,000 Pair of Jet Skis*||30||40,400,000 to 1||3,107,692 to 1||621,538 to 1|
|$25,000 Home Theater*||35||34,628,571 to 1||2,663,736 to 1||532,747 to 1|
|$20,000 College Tuition*||50||24,240,000 to 1||1,864,615 to 1||372,923 to 1|
|$10,000 Cash*||60||20,200,000 to 1||1,553,846 to 1||310,769 to 1|
|$7,500 Family Vacation*||75||16,160,000 to 1||1,243,077 to 1||248,615 to 1|
|$5,000 Cash||50||24,240,000 to 1||1,864,615 to 1||372,923 to 1|
|$5,000 Groceries||50||24,240,000 to 1||1,864,615 to 1||372,923 to 1|
|$2,000 Plated.com Gift Card||50||24,240,000 to 1||1,864,615 to 1||372,923 to 1|
|$2,000 Fandango Movies for a Year||50||24,240,000 to 1||1,864,615 to 1||372,923 to 1|
|$1,000 Cash||150||8,080,000 to 1||621,538 to 1||124,308 to 1|
|$1,000 Grocery Gift Card||150||8,080,000 to 1||621,538 to 1||124,308 to 1|
|$500 Portable Grill & Groceries||250||4,848,000 to 1||372,923 to 1||74,585 to 1|
|$500 Grocery Gift Card||250||4,848,000 to 1||372,923 to 1||74,585 to 1|
|$300 Wireless Headphones||600||2,020,000 to 1||155,385 to 1||31,077 to 1|
|$200 Family Picnic||1500||808,000 to 1||62,154 to 1||12,431 to 1|
|$100 Grocery Gift Card||2500||484,800 to 1||37,292 to 1||7,458 to 1|
|$100 Cash||2500||484,800 to 1||37,292 to 1||7,458 to 1|
|$50 Grocery Gift Card||5000||242,400 to 1||18,646 to 1||3,729 to 1|
|$25 Grocery Gift Card||10000||121,200 to 1||9,323 to 1||1,865 to 1|
|$25 Cash||10000||121,200 to 1||9,323 to 1||1,865 to 1|
|$20 Cash||25000||48,480 to 1||3,729 to 1||746 to 1|
|$10 Grocery Gift Card||50000||24,240 to 1||1,865 to 1||373 to 1|
|$10 Cash||50000||24,240 to 1||1,865 to 1||373 to 1|
|$5 Grocery Gift Card||925000||1,310 to 1||101 to 1||20 to 1|
|$5 Cash||925000||1,310 to 1||101 to 1||20 to 1|
* Odds of winning are based on the probability of getting the one rare game marker needed to win, plus a semi-rare game marker that is printed with odds of 1 in 5,000 game tickets. You can see all the odds at the bottom of the game rules.
Rare Game Piece Codes for 2019
Here are the rare and semi-rare pieces as pulled from other sources, we are not 100% sure of rarity but these should be correct.
|Prize||Rare, Semi-Rare Game Marker Code|
|$1,000,000 Cash||335CI, 336DI|
|$1,000,000 Vacation Home||341CJ, 343EJ|
|$100,000 Cash or Boat||394BW, 397EW|
|$30,000 Pair of Jet Skis||398AX, 401DX|
|$25,000 Home Theater||403AY, 404BY|
|$20,000 College Tuition||408AZ, 411DZ|
|$10,000 Cash||416D$, 417E$|
|$7,500 Family Vacation||419B#, 420C#|
|$2,000 Plated.com Gift Card||309AC|
|$2,000 Fandango Movies for a Year||315DD|
|$1,000 Grocery Gift Card||321AF|
|$500 Portable Grill & Groceries||327CG|
|$500 Grocery Gift Card||332DH|
|$300 Wireless Headphones||391CV|
|$200 Family Picnic||388DU|
|$100 Grocery Gift Card||381AT|
|$50 Grocery Gift Card||374BR|
|$25 Grocery Gift Card||372DQ|
|$10 Grocery Gift Card||358BN|
|$5 Grocery Gift Card||351CL|
The first one listed is the rare piece, the second one is the semi-rare piece with a published odds of 5,000 to 1. In some cases we aren't 100% sure which is the rare or semi-rare piece, but suffice it to say getting either is a good start!