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!
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How to Play the Safeway Monopoly
From February 2nd, 2020 through May 5th, 2020, 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 19th.
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.
This year, in 2020, there are still the top prizes but they've reworked some of the middle of the prize table. Overall, the prizes are still pretty solid with the same total value, just different actual prizes.
Here is what they calculate as the odds of winning the Collect & Win Game:
w. 1 ticket
w. 13 tickets:
w. 65 tickets:
$250,000 Vacation Home*
|2||552,501,000 to 1||42,576,923 to 1||8,500,015 to 1|
|$250,000 Vacation Home *||3||368,344,000 to 1||28,333,385 to 1||5,666,677to 1|
|$100,000 Cash or Boat*||10||110,500,200 to 1||8,500,015 to 1||1,700,003 to 1|
|$40,000 Vehicle of Choice*||30||55,250,100 to 1||4,250,008 to 1||850,002to 1|
|$25,000 Home Theater*||30||36,833,400 to 1||2,833,338 to 1||566,668 to 1|
|$10,000 Cash*||60||18,416,700 to 1||1,416,669 to 1||283,334 to 1|
|$5,000 Groceries||50||22,100,040 to 1||1,700,003 to 1||340,001 to 1|
|$1,000 Cash||250||4,420,008 to 1||113,344to 1||22,667to 1|
|$500 Portable Grill & Groceries||750||1,473,336 to 1||113,334 to 1||22,667 to 1|
|$250 Grocery Gift Card||1,000||1,105,002 to 1||85,000 to 1||17,000 to 1|
|$100 Grocery Gift Card||2,500||442,001 to 1||34,000 to 1||6,800 to 1|
|$50 Grocery Gift Card||5,000||221,000 to 1||17,000 to 1||3,400 to 1|
|$20 Grocery Gift Card||20,000||55,250 to 1||4,250 to 1||850 to 1|
|$5 Cash||1,000,000||1,105 to 1||85 to 1||17 to 1|
There are separate odds for the Instant Win portion of the game.
* 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 2020
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||Semi-Rare & Rare Game Marker Code|
|$1,000,000 Cash||A606F, A601A|
|$250,000 Vacation Home||B611D, B614G|
|$100,000 Cash or Boat||394BW, 397EW|
|$30,000 Pair of Jet Skis||398AX, 401DX|
|$100,000 Cash / Boat||M656A, M659D|
|$40,000 Vehicle of Choice||J643B, J646E – J643B, J646E|
|$25,000 Home Theater||F630D, F631C|
|$10,000 Cash||C615E, C618B|
|$500 Portable Grill & Groceries||L653B|
|$250 Grocery Gift Card||K649B|
|$100 Grocery Gift Card||H641A|
|$50 Grocery Gift Card||G635C|
|$25 Grocery Gift Card||E625C|
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!