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In 2000, the US promotion was halted after fraud was uncovered. A subcontracting company called Simon Marketing (a then-subsidiary of Cyrk), which had been hired by McDonald's to organize and promote the game, failed to recognize a flaw in its procedures, and the chief of security, Jerome P. Jacobson, was able to remove the "most expensive" game pieces, which he then passed to associates who would redeem them and share the proceeds. The associates "won" almost all of the top prizes between 1995 and 2000, including McDonald's giveaways that did not have the Monopoly theme. The associates "netted" over $24 million. The scheme was uncovered when one of the participants informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The McDonald's Monopoly game is a sweepstakes advertising promotion of McDonald's and Hasbro, which uses the theme of the latter's board game Monopoly. The promotion has been offered in the United States, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Singapore, Austria, Poland, and Switzerland since 1987.
originally posted by: Earnesttub
a reply to: elouina
The state of Ga. funds the Hope grant with their lottery. They did a survey and learned poor people buy most of the lottery tickets and upper middle class and up take advantage of the free college tuition. I know people who have won big. One was killed by her boyfriend because she dumped him BEFORE she won but he still felt entitled to a new truck. Another learned the hard way just taxes can break you if you dont invest or spend wisely. He is back to 9-5 but seems content. Another had just enough money to drink and drug to a early grave. Regardless, if you want to greatly improve your odds, find one of those people who always seem to win and let them enter for you (in your name of course). I promise you, it helps a lot !