MCDONALD’S Monopoly giveaway sees the fast food giant hand out millions of prizes each year – but when is the popular game back in 2020?

From free apple pies and Big Macs, to cars and holidays, the competition sees hungry diners get competitive as they try to scoop the best wins.

 McDonald's Monopoly causes a stir each year as fans try to hunt out prizes


McDonald’s Monopoly causes a stir each year as fans try to hunt out prizesCredit: Alamy

When does McDonald’s Monopoly 2020 start?

McDonald’s has yet to officially announce when its 2020 Monopoly game will start but it usually begins in March each year.

That means if it sticks to tradition, the game is expected to launch again next month.

The 2019 McDonald’s Monopoly ran until March 20 until April 30, while the 2018 version went from March 21 until May 1.

In 2017, the game lasted from March 22 until May 2.

The start date for the last three years has fallen on a Wednesday and lasted for 41 days.

If it follows this pattern, and taking into account that 2020 is a leap year, our best guess is the game could start on March 18 and run until April 28.

This is based purely on our calculations and is unconfirmed by McDonald’s.

We’ve asked the fast food chain if a release date has been set and we’ll update this article when we know more.

What prizes will be given away in McDonald’s Monopoly 2020?

McDonald’s has yet to reveal a full prize list for its 2020 Monopoly game, so we don’t know for sure what customers can expect.

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The burger giant usually gives away a range of goodies from free fries and McFlurries, to Mini Cooper cars and holidays abroad.

However, Maccies did cut the number of big prizes in 2019 making it even harder to win.

The number of holidays on offer was reduced from 200 to 20, and the number of games consoles from 500 to 400.

Here’s what McDonald’s gave away as part of its 2019 Monopoly game:

  • £100,000 cash (four – collect both dark blue properties)
  • Mini Cooper (20– collect all three green properties)
  • £2,000 holiday spending money (50 – collect all three yellow properties)
  • PS4 games console (650 – collect all three red properties)
  • Any mobile phone with a one-year contract (400 – collect all four train stations)
  • A £50 voucher for (18,000 – collect all three light blue properties)
  • Medium McDonald’s meal (2,000,000 – collect both brown properties)
 An example of the 2019 McDonald's Monopoly game


An example of the 2019 McDonald’s Monopoly gameCredit: McDonald’s

How do you play McDonald’s Monopoly?

The game essentially mimics the classic Monopoly board, with customers able to collect game pieces on qualifying McDonald’s products.

Each piece represents a tile on the board and when you collect a set, you get a prize.

Some pieces are harder to get than others, as fewer will be made, and these usually make up the bigger prizes like cars and holidays.

There’s also usually instant win stickers which can be redeemed straight away, but these are typically food items.

You won’t get a Monopoly piece with every McDonald’s item, so watch what you order if you’re keen on playing along.

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For example, last year customers got three stickers when they bought a Big Tasty, while a side of fries got you two stickers.

McNuggets and Big Macs didn’t come with any pieces on them at all in 2019, but a side salad will earn you triple points.

It’s not been revealed which items will be part of the Monopoly game for 2020.

How can I boost my chances of winning?

The token you get with each qualifying item is completely random, but you’ll want to keep your eyes out for the rarest tiles to win big.

For example, last year just four of the sought-after dark blue Mayfair square were made.

If you did find one though, as well as its matching Park Lane token, then you bagged a £100,000 cash prize.

The game tiles are no longer sticky so you’ll need to make sure you keep your tokens safe in case you find their matching tiles.

In more Maccies’ news, one McDonald’s customer has explained how to order a Big Mac Chicken Sandwich in the UK.

Earlier this month, cheeky eBay sellers were flogging McDonald’s 50p Big Mac sauce for £5 a pot.

McDonald’s has also brought back its Grand Big Mac, but it’s only available until March 24.

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