How to Win the 2020 Safeway Monopoly Game (Shop, Play, Win!)

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!

Want to earn extra money?

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.

Safeway Monopoly Game Pieces 2019
My friend JD Roth at Get Rich Slowly got 77 pieces once on a trip – the cashier was feeling generous! (from 2019's game)
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:

Prize Prizes Odds
w. 1 ticket
Odds
w. 13 tickets:
Odds
w. 65 tickets:
$1,000,000 Cash
(30-year Annuity)*
$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
$5,000 Groceries P667D
$1,000 Cash N663C
$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
$5 Cash D623A

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!

Good luck!

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  1. Charlie says

    The game is almost over. I noticed that there are 2 different colors of tickets–the blue one that I am always given and there are green tickets? Do you have any information about the green tickets? Thank you.

  2. Seth says

    I won $25, $5, and approximately 20 instant product winners that I cashed in for products I would have bought anyway. Also used about 30 various .50 coupons on products, shutterfly (x10), BOGO bowling, and saved $34 on fuel cost filling up two cars with a gas reward discount x 2. This was by far a much better experience and I definitely got much more out of it this time around than before. The instant product winners = 100% cash savings on the actual product cost and I would say the 20 plus products saved me between $40 and 60 dollars. I grocery shop at the store anyway, so there was really no disadvantage to playing. My spouse refused to play until we quickly realized the app and online versions made it so much easier and less time consuming. With home quarantine, it became part of the daily routine (one day a week – when I shopped).

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