October 15, 2007

I'm lovin' it

Though I'm sad that summer is gone, there are some good things about the fall season.

The trees are turning beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange! I also made my annual batch of pumpkin chocolate chip bread. AND, it's Monopoly time at McDonalds.

There is nothing more exciting than pulling up to the drive through window and being handed delicious food with small, waxy peel off tabs that will change my life by giving me a free egg mcmuffin, 10% off at Foot Locker or one million dollars. Did you know that McDonalds Monopoly has it's own wikipedia page?

I know, I know. The odds of winning a good prize are ridiculous. We have a 1 in 846,000,000 chance of winning the million dollar prize. . . these odds are about 8 times worse than the odds of winning the powerball lottery. This doesn't make me want to quit playing McDonald's monopoly as much as it does make me want to go out and buy a lottery ticket. There are a lot of statistics to put the odds into perspective. I'm 4,729 times more likely to die from accidentally choking on my own vomit this year than win the $50,000. I'm a staggering 2,529,865 times more likely to get murdered this year than win the $1,000,000 grand prize. Richard Roeper put it this way in the Chicago Sun-Times: "In other words, you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning while on your way home from purchasing a winning Lotto ticket with your wife, Jessica Alba, the first lady of the United States."

This site will actually let you trade or sell game pieces, and share strategy tips for McDonald's monopoly. It seems that some people have forgotten that this game does not take skill. And, why would someone sell or trade a piece that someone else actually wanted?

So far, we've won $4 in Toys 'R' Us dollars, 20% off of a foot locker purchase and a free Egg McMuffin. Oh, and we've increased the amount of transfat making itself at home in our arteries and our likelihood of having early onset heart disease. While the odds are actually really bad for winning, for some reason I still feel like I need to buy McDonald’s. Stupid marketing ploys and subliminal messages.

2 comments:

Maria Wilson said...

I have won a small french fry, a small McFlurry and a free game download, I am totally with you McDonalds Monopoly rocks! And how great is it that you not only get the waxy paper but your second shot online!

Cristi said...

I'm hooked on Monopoly too. Isn't it funny that all of a sudden the game comes out and I somehow like the taste of their food??