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It’s baaaack!

Shoppers at Albertsons-owned grocery stores across the country are setting up their game boards and collecting tickets, as the tenth annual edition of the ever-popular Monopoly Collect & Win game gets under way beginning today.

And this year, despite the mind-boggling, nearly-insurmountable odds – you might actually win a million dollars. Because somebody will. As many as two somebodies, in fact.

The 2018 edition of the game will be played from now through May 8th at more than 2,000 stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Vons, Pavilions, ACME, Jewel-Osco, United Supermarkets, Shaw’s, Star Market and several smaller, regional stores also owned by the same company (though once again, Haggen – which became a rather reluctant Albertsons acquisition a couple of years ago – will not be participating).

This year, Albertsons has upped the ante once again, boosting the total pot of prizes from last year’s $200 million to an impressive $250 million. It’s all the more impressive when you consider that the total amount up for grabs in the first contest back in 2009 was just $8 million.

If you’re not familiar with how it works, you earn a free game piece for every in-store purchase you make, and you can earn bonus pieces for buying specially-promoted products. Each piece corresponds to a space on a standard Monopoly board. Collect all of the pieces in a color group on the board, and you win the corresponding prize. There are also lots of instant-winners available in case you don’t get a major prize.

And chances are good you’ll get some instant winners. More than 112 million tickets will award free grocery products – 131 different ones, valued between 46¢ and $24.99.

But it’s the million bucks you’re really after, isn’t it?

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The good news is that someone is guaranteed to become a millionaire by the time it’s all over. There are two million-dollar top prizes available, plus four “million-dollar vacation homes”. Both are paid out as 30-year cash annuities, so they’re essentially the same prize – a million bucks. If nobody claims one of the six top prizes, there will be a guaranteed “second chance” drawing for two million-dollar winners.

That’s how April Carrington of Dorchester, Massachusetts earned her million dollars. There was only one guaranteed second-chance winner last year, and she won it. Her local Star Market handed her a giant check last June to celebrate her big win.

“When the Monopoly game begins in February, anticipation for this day builds,” Star Market Vice President and General Manager Joe Kelley said at the time. “We are so thrilled that April, a Star Market customer from Dorchester, was selected from more than 164 million entries and has won the $1 million dollar prize.”

So she’s luckier than most. Because you have to be awfully darned lucky to win the grand prize by playing the game itself without waiting for a “second chance”.

The odds of winning, as always, are pretty bewildering. In one try, your chances of getting one of the “rare” pieces needed to win the million-dollar top prize are 1 in 625,000,000. But you also need a semi-rare piece, which you have a 1 in 5,000 chance of finding. Together then, with two game tickets, you have a one in 3.125 trillion chance of winning.

That’s about ten thousand times more difficult than winning the Powerball jackpot.

But we’ll spare you the annual litany of “things that are more likely to happen to you than winning a million dollars by playing Albertsons Monopoly” (such as getting hit by lightning, on a golf course, while hitting a hole-in-one, with a winning Powerball ticket in your pocket). Instead, let’s look on the bright side and consider some things that are are less likely to happen to you than winning this game –

You have a 1 in 182 trillion chance of getting hit by a meteor. You have a 1 in 9 quintillion chance of filling out a perfect NCAA bracket. And your chances of randomly shuffling a deck of cards into perfect, sequential order is 1 in 100,000 vigintillion (that’s a one followed by 68 zeroes. Which is a lot.)

Kind of makes winning that million dollars seem like a piece of cake in comparison now, doesn’t it? Besides, your odds get better the more you play. And if you find one of those rare pieces, chances are good you can make a deal with someone who has a semi-rare piece.

So it can’t hurt to try. A certain Star Market shopper in Dorchester, Massachusetts would no doubt agree.

139 Comments

  1. List of codes needed Below. i am ready to split the prices text me on (602-529-1655) . lets make this deal happen!

    110BB
    116BH
    108AH

    203YB
    206YE
    207ZA
    209ZC
    200XE
    220CA
    213AB

    179SC
    189VD
    181TA
    182TB
    190VD
    193WC
    194WD
    199XD

  2. Hello! I’m looking for anyone who has 2018 game pieces #190, 193, and 203- I have 189, 194, and 206. If someone has all three, that’s $75k, and $37.5k split. I also have many duplicates if anyone needs them, but for the LOVE OF GOD, please stop asking for #108, if by chance someone does get it they aren’t going to come on here and give it away or split 50/50 that’s just too funny, they’ll go to eBay and buy the other 7 pieces for $20. Again, if you have 190, 193, or 203 please call or text me @ 602-526-7615 to discuss further. Thanks and good luck!

  3. Elaine Peterson says:

    I have 200XE, the semi-rare for College Tuition. If anyone has 199XD and would like my semi-rare piece, contact me to discuss at [email protected].

  4. If anyone has 182 for the 100k I am more that willing to put up our 181 so we can reach a deal [email protected]

  5. Does anyone have 182TB? E-mail [email protected]

  6. If anyone knows anyone with employee boards, I am looking for piece Z701B. It is either the rare or semi rare for the 100k. I have the other rare/semirare Z700A. I can’t find a list of which it is, but I will split winnings. gotpigs @ g mail.com

  7. Does anyone have 179SC or 173RA? E-mail [email protected]

  8. James White says:

    I have semi rare tickeTicket # 206YE for prize $10,000 cash. I would l like to sell it. Please text me for a photo of it and to make an offer. 781-866-4133. Thanks.

  9. Audra Stagg says:

    I have all the pieces for the million, if you have 108AH I would split the prize….you take 90% I take 10%
    801 458 7170

  10. Your math in this article is idiotic. When you say you have a 1 in 3.125 trillion chance, that is the chance of getting the rare and semi rare piece in one game piece. Not the chances of winning the million dollars. You only have to calculate the chance of the rare piece because by the time you find the rare piece, you also will have found multiple semi rare pieces. Think of it this way: if you went through 325,000,000 pieces, you will find the million dollar winner. By the time you did that, you would have found 65,000 of the semi rare pieces.

  11. Hello, Ihave 181TA Im just looking for 182TB to buy or trade with others. Thanks

  12. Sure I need 179SC, 126EB, 164OD, 154MB, and 149LA. If you want to trade or something email me at [email protected] as soon as possible.

  13. I have rare piece 181TA and the rest of the tickets will split 100k 50/50
    please text 708 802- 1327
    I have all 4 I need 181TB

  14. I just need 108 I’m willing to take less then half so if you have the 108 please text me # 12085207496

    • Dion DuVall Amidon says:

      I need 108AH as well. ????

      • Do you still have 108ah?

        • I need 108AH too.
          I also need the following:
          207ZA “Family Vacation”
          164OD “$1,000 Cash”
          159NC “$1,000 Gift card”
          154MB “Weekend Getaway”
          149LA “Laptop Computer”
          145KA “$500 Gift card”
          144JD “$300 Spa Day”
          138HB “$200 Family picnic”
          135GC “$200 Cash”
          132FD “$100 Grocery gift card”
          126EB “$100 Cash”
          228EA “$10 Grocery Gift card”
          237GB “$5 Grocery Gift card”
          181TA & 182TB “$100,000 Cash”
          189VD & 190VE “$40,000 Vehicle of Choice”
          193WC & 194WD “$25,000 Kitchen Makeover.”
          199XD & 200XE “$20,000 College Tuition”
          203YB, 204YC & 206YE “$10,000 Cash”
          178SB & 179SC “$5,000 Cash”
          173RA “$5,000 Groceries”
          172QD “Movies for a Year”
          166PB “$1,500 Gas Grill”

          Contact me if you have any of these pieces.

  15. Does anyone need 189 I have it
    Call me 714-610-2886

  16. All i need is 108ah. Im willing to split it you get 60 percent and ill take 40 percent

    • Hi everyone does anybody know of a place or anywhere I can go to trade game pieces not necessarily the million ones but others also, thank you.

    • CARTOON KANARVOGEL says:

      Rare Pieces List:

      108AH
      110BB, 116BH*
      119CC
      121DA
      126EB
      132FD
      135GC
      138HB
      144JD
      145KA
      149LA
      154MB
      159NC
      164OD
      166PB
      172QD
      173RA
      179SC
      181TA*, 182TB
      189VD*, 190VE
      193WC, 194WD
      199XD, 200XE*
      203YB, 206YE
      207ZA, 209ZC
      213AB
      218BC
      220CA
      227DD
      228EA
      235FD
      237GB
      242HC

      • Sandra Mosley says:

        if I get the 108ah then ill need one more please

      • how did you get the list of rare pieces?
        every single one you listed is what I need and Im in Cali…

        • Tiffany Lockett says:

          That’s so funny and true! I think it a gimmick. I googled any winner and none have shown

          • Tom 'The Wizard' McKay says:

            WELL, WE SPEND OUR $$$$$$ AND GET SO CLOSE….BUT TRILLIONS TO 1 ODDS ….BETTER OFF PLAYING THE LOTTO…WE ALL NEED MOST OF THOSE RARE NUMBERS TO WIN EVEN $5….I HAVE PLAYED AND THE GIMMICK TRILLIONS TO 1 HAVE ME PLAYING THE GIMMICK…I AM TOO DAMN OLD TO BE DOING THIS STUFF….NOT A HAPPY EVER

        • Tom 'The Wizard' McKay says:

          LIST IS EASY…WE FILL OUT THE BOARD..EXCEPTING THE RARE PIECES…AS EXPECTED WITH THE GIMMICK TRILLIONS TO 1 ODDS AND WE SEARCH AROUND FOR SOMEONE LUCKY…MAYBE….HAVE A HAPPY

      • I have 194wd,looking for 193wc.

      • Thanks for the list! I actually have 194 WD, but the rest of my list matches yours

  17. this is hilarious. I just got done reading about how the guy in charge of marketing the last one of these went to jail for hoarding the rare pieces and giving them to people he’d split the money with.

  18. Jared, if it’s truth you have 108, I get less than halves and you get the rest, call me I have the rest 714-610-2886

  19. How come on my game board there is no number 201

  20. How come on the game board there is no number 201

  21. Someone message me! I found the 108AH, if you have all other pieces, i DO indeed have 108AH.

  22. i only need 108AH anyone has it contact me asap i will split the mill
    8327089256

  23. Marielle Espadron says:

    In need of 108 ah I have several other pieces I’m willing to trade 2253619262

  24. Have all but 108AH for million. I was so hoping I had the rare game piece, but it appears that is the 108 piece. Out of fairness, would make a deal grossly in your favor.

  25. This Monopoly game is a complete scam. A waste of time.

    • Do you think all these folks out there looking for that winning $1,000,000 last ticket understand that in all the 20 or states that have these stores , there will be only THREE stickers to make that set complete???

  26. I have all for One Mill just Need 108
    Please who ever has this we can make share it.
    Please reply

  27. Looking for 182tb. Can pay

  28. I HAVE 1MIL VACATION HOME 116BH.

  29. All I need is 110BB, 116BH,181TA,182TB for the million dollar vacation home and the 100,000 cash if any one has those tickets I will split the prize 50/50

  30. Artisha Willingham says:

    I need 108ah I have multiples of all the rest will trade please email [email protected]

  31. Hello guys, Im just looking for 108AH, 116BB, 181TA, 182TB, 179SC to buy or trade with others. Thanks

  32. I do have 104 AD too.. wondering if this ticket is rare?

  33. David Smedley says:

    I have the semi rare. 104AD for 1 million cash prize. Please message me to complete, we can discuss legalities and fair share of winnings.

  34. Patricia Hatheway says:

    Where do I sign up ? My 4th year playing ????????

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