Monopoly is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, no small accomplishment in the world of board games. Available in 43 languages and sold in 111 countries worldwide, the most ubiquitous board game in history is launching a few special promotions to commemorate their eight-decade anniversary.
In the US, they’ve released a special anniversary edition of the game, featuring game tokens representing different decades.
In France, however, the prize is a little bit sweeter.
You see, 80 special sets of the game will be distributed to stores, each with a special bonus: real money mixed in with the Monopoly money.
From an article in The Guardian:
Only one set will land the major jackpot, in which every game note is replaced by real money — for a total windfall of 20,580 euros ($23,268).
In addition, 10 sets will contain five real 20-euro notes, two 50-euro notes and one 100-euro note.
A lesser prize can be scooped in 69 sets, which will have five 10-euro notes and five 20-euro notes.
Evenly distributed among the many variations of the game currently available — junior and electronic editions included — the anniversary sets are out there right now, waiting to be claimed.
This follows in the fine tradition of other specialty Monopoly sets over the years, like the all-chocolate entirely edible version of Monopoly Neiman Marcus sold in the ’70s, or the $100,000 version produced for FAO Schwarz that included emeralds and sapphires embedded into the game board and real U.S. currency.
[Check out this solid gold edition of Monopoly!]
And you can’t help but wonder if other board games will follow suit for their big anniversaries. Imagine Mouse Trap with a real mouse, or Fireball Island with a real gemstone in the center. Heck, an anniversary edition of Hungry Hungry Hippos that includes a real hippo would certainly make for some great press!
As long as nobody tries to release copies of Pandemic with an actual virus, we should be good.
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