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Nothing about this past year has been normal. That includes the most popular annual contest at one of the country’s largest grocery chains.

The thirteenth annual Monopoly Shop, Play, Win game begins today at Albertsons, Safeway, Pavilions, Vons, Randalls, Tom Thumb, ACME, Jewel-Osco, United Supermarkets, Shaw’s, Star Market and several other smaller, regional Albertsons-owned stores. The launch is a month later than usual – and that’s not the only thing that’s different.

Oh, you’ll still have a chance to win a million dollars. And the odds of winning the grand prize are actually better than ever. It’s the game play itself that’s a whole lot different – which, depending on your strategy, may or may not suit your style.

One of the most notable changes in the game that Albertsons promised would be “very different” this year is that there’s not a whole lot of Monopoly associated with this year’s Monopoly game. In past years, you’d collect game pieces to attach to a Monopoly board, and if you earned all of the game pieces needed to fill in a colored property group, you’d win the associated prize.

This year, there’s no Monopoly board and no need to collect, match, sort, trade and keep track of game pieces. Instead, every game piece that you earn in store when you make a purchase from now through May 4th, either qualifies you for an online game, or is an instant winner. Most tickets will provide a code you can enter on the Shop, Play, Win website or app for a chance to win various prizes from $100,000 cash, on down to a $1 reward or a free item offer loaded to your store loyalty account. Even if you don’t win, you’ll earn digital tokens that can be collected and redeemed for just for U cash rewards or sweepstakes entries.

But the instant win game is where the big money is. About 25 million of the 627 million available game pieces will earn you a prize on the spot – from a free product, to $5,000 in groceries, a $50,000 “vehicle of choice,” a $250,000 “mortgage payoff,” all the way up to the million dollar grand prize.

The switch from matching-and-winning to instant-winning is likely to put a damper on the brisk business in ticket trading that occurs every year. On online message boards, social media and even here on Coupons in the News, serious Albertsons Monopoly players list the tickets they have, the tickets they need, and offer to trade or go in together to claim a big prize. But now that you don’t have to collect or match tickets this year, everyone is pretty much on their own.

The other potential bit of bad news is that, out of the 627 million game pieces available, only one of them is the million-dollar instant winner. So the odds of winning with a single game piece are pretty simple to calculate – 1 in 627 million. That makes winning Albertsons’ million dollars more than twice as difficult as winning a multimillion-dollar Powerball or Mega Millions lottery jackpot.

That said, this year’s odds are the best they’ve ever been. Past contests required you to collect and win two specific game pieces in order to claim the top prize – a “rare” piece and a “semi-rare” piece. So last year, for example, you had a 1 in 552,501,000 chance of finding the rare game piece each time you played, but you had to combine that with a 1 in 5,000 chance of finding the corresponding “semi-rare” piece – which put the odds of finding both pieces together in a single try at 1 in 2.76 trillion.

1 in 627 million is already sounding a whole lot better.

Of course, the odds of winning get better the more you play. And winning is certainly not impossible – three times in the history of the game so far, there’s been a million-dollar winner in regular game play. Plus, several years ago, Albertsons introduced a “second chance drawing” if no one wins the top prize – so now, one way or another, someone is guaranteed to win a million dollars, this year and every year.

Bottom line, after a year in which grocery shopping became stressful and your finances may have suffered, playing a game and getting a chance to earn prizes could be a welcome distraction. And if you win the million – then this year is already looking a whole lot better than last.

124 Comments

  1. I finally earned enough tokens to get a $20 JustforU credit only to find out that the money had run out!! Here’s how it read when I wanted to spend the tokens:
    “maximum amount available – $4,500.000. Amount Still available $0” What contest runs out of money? And this isnt even real money, it’s only money that can be spent buying their stuff.
    I totally believe each code is preprogrammed and therefore when tokens are awarded, they should be prepared to honor all tokens without limits. They are really doing themselves a disservice by disappointing loyal customers because who else would rack up those kind of token amounts they require for actual prizes.

    • Susan J Daugherty says:

      THIS YEAR’S GAME WAS AN ABSOLUTE JOKE! From “oh you downloaded the wrong app” to “oh you are at the wrong store” There was always a reason I could no collect my winnings. I had hundreds of dollars in prized and was not allowed to collect any of them. I will NEVER shop at Albertson’s again!

  2. I don’t have any issues with this new version; I love that I can just scan the tickets and winner go right to my account; enter my phone number at checkout and watch the balance due drop. Guess I’ve been luckier that others.
    The only thing I would like to see is a list of all of my free items; some were scan winners and others were instant winners; I can remember how many or which ones they are; if there is a list available, I cannot find it.

    • It is under “My List” in the Store App. You will see “Match 3 Winner”, “Instant Winner”, etc. based on how you got the item

      • beverly harrold says:

        virtual hugs tomorrow i know what my winners look like
        and believe me that makes a difference.

  3. Nothing I have won or received has transferred to my acme card. Does anyone know how to get this done

  4. Foxy Grandpa says:

    A more appropriate title is “shop Play Lose” The checkers are giving out fistfulls of these little game pieces and few of the people I know are actually playing the game. I have about 500 sitting on my kitchen table and I’m seriously thinking about tossing them all. Out of the 200 I’ve already opened, I got 1 bottle of water free coupon and 15 $0.50 off some grocery items that I have no use for.
    My suggestion is to go back to the old game. It was a lot more fun. This game is a big waste of time. Even the people who work at Albertsons have no clue on how to play it. And you expect old farts like me to be able to figure it out or care?

  5. Worst game ever. Played for years and was fun and doable. This is awful. Don’t know how to go to enter numbers, NO idea how to scan numbers. Can’t take coupons to store to use. Just lost my business to get chance to win.

  6. The birdbrain who approved this change in the game should be fired. I have no way to access my tickets to see if they won anything other than the instant winners. When I go to the shop, play, and win website, all that comes up is a Monopoly board with no options to check my tickets. I believe if a person does not have a smart phone (still has a flip phone) Albertsons does not need our business and really does not care if we shop at Albertsons or not. Sad company policy.

  7. Is there any way of seeing what you’ve won on the Albertsons app? Ive won a couple water bottles, but I dont remember what else ive won.

  8. What I don’t like is the cashier has to count out tickets by 1 at a time. I waited 1-1/2 minutes for him to count out my 88 tickets, so did the mad people behind me. Why don’t the creators of these tickets bundle them in stacks of 20 or 25 so it’s much easier for the cashier to count?

  9. If the new way of playing this game (online) was intended to draw in the 30-50 aged demographic, you may have missed your mark. I have three children in that age group and none of them would even consider wasting their time on this. What you did do was alienate the 50-80 crowd who normally shop at Jewel and enjoyed the “old” way of playing. Especially the seniors. It connected us with friends and family members who shared the tickets and/or exchanged them. I recently got 42 tickets from my last shopping visit. To scan the non-winners to get a dollar or tokens would be a huge waste of my time.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more.
      I have the AP but still can’t get to a place to enter my codes. I enjoyed the old game more. Like u said, people of the age that use their phones for games, could really care less about this. The rest of us that shop at these stores & spend the most money don’t want to be stuck on our phones entering codes. ALSO, I have gotten 3 instant winners & when I tried to redeem them at the store, I was told I had to put them on my phone which I can’t because I can’t find the Monopoly game on the original AP. PLUS, some people still use their phones for CALLS. What a concept!!!

  10. This might be the worst promotional game ever!! Why just why??!!

    • I agree this game is stupid 3 picks has nothing to do with monopoly. I had more than 100 tickets collected did not even won a buck. I just can’t believe this winner list people are winning 100k 25k so many 5k 1k grocery checks. I wonder how many thickets those people had. Just sucks so many millions and I can’t even get a buck . I got nail clippers but they are out. This thing is just fishy to me.

  11. I got the nail clippers, dental floss, a box of animal crackers, about 6 bottles or water and pickles. The store I shop at (according to the fine print the only place you can use your just 4 u account) hasn’t been able to get in any nail clippers for months and doesn’t have the single bottles of water…..

    And a whole bunch of coupons for stuff I never buy and I can’t even leave it on the shelves for others because they have to be scanned and may not show up fast enough…

    The game design was awful, un-fun and OBNOXIOUS. While I don’t mind not having to track properties, this is all work and no fun. And then on top of that the execution is ABYSMAL.

    It’s like FAIL. on top of more FAIL.

    • So you shop at the Albertson’s store called Acme Markets?
      That’s where I shop and it’s also called Just 4 U and we use it all the time and I’ve been using my account for redeeming my winnings.
      Not sure why your saying you can only use the Just 4 U account at one specific Albertson’s store. I thinking more than one of their store has Just 4 U accounts.

  12. I won many bottles of water, 16 oz sour cream, and a macaroni salad.I used some of my tickets for a gas reward that did get loaded and I did use. I wanted to use the tickets towards money off of my next grocery bill, but I didn’t trust that it would actually work. About a year ago I was supposed to get a credit in the form of money off my next purchase because I returned some spoiled crab legs during seafood week. That credit never showed up.

    • Lisa, did they let you take multiple “Free” bottles of water in one trip? I have about 15 free bottles on my acme app lol! But I’m not making 15 trips if it’s only 1 per check out.

      • Yes, you can get as many as you have coupons for. I usually save all of mine up and do a single trip. If you have 24, you can just get a case of water and tell the checker to ring up 24 individual bottles.

  13. North bend , Wa state Safeway

    Scan your bar code below or type in the code,
    Code 1 scanned in and accepted
    Code 2 not accepted tried again this time says sorry duplicate code!!!
    Look under faq box to search for an answer to my headaches …no list of questions and answers !!

    Um..this game sucks picture this …two handfuls of lovely stacked unopened tickets walked over to the recycle container and gently dropped in lid closed
    Good bye !

  14. Only a moron could like this game. So, now that I’ve played for 3 weeks, going through maybe 100 tickets, I’ve won a bottle of water, and a yogurt. 100 out of 100 tickets had either $1 or $2 as the prize. That’s right. I’ve never seen even the possibility to win more than $2. No cars or boats or house or million in cash, or ten thousand in cash. No nothing. 90 out of 100 tickets had $1 as the prize, and maybe 10 out of 100 had $2 as the prize. Even winning the $1 prize seems impossible. And if I ever won $1?… I would say whoop de do… who cares?

  15. I seem to be the only one who likes the NEW game! It takes WAY less of my precious time to play and I appreciate that so much!! And the stats of being able to actually WIN are way up! It went from 1 in trillions to 1 in millions! No, it’s not like monopoly but I don’t care, the first one was just reminiscent of a real monopoly game anyway. I hated the old way trying to stick those infernally unsticky lick tabs on the big paper and worrying about losing them with the one in a trillion chance I might win. Horrible mess and massive time waster!! I love the new game and am happy as heck they changed it and made it easier for me to possibly win!! Thank you!!

  16. Can anyone tell me how I get the $5 Just for you cash. I had earned the tokens and in the past I could buy a $5 gift card and it would be free now It said $5 would be discounted off my bill but that did not happen either. Albertsons

    • You have to go into the just for you app and add it from your items list so at checkout when you punch in your phone number it will take it off your total bill

  17. I still want to know if the Monopoly coupons/tickets/tokens are recyclable. I sure hope so. Sadly, the game is really boring. Same matching luck game each time. And so far the coupons aren’t great either. Albertsons has to go back to the drawing board on this one.

  18. This is the biggest bull shit I’ve ever seen. Spent hours just trying to download the game without success. If they don’t get their results act together I’m not shopping gathered anymore.

    • Turk Blackwell says:

      This is terrible…the app does not work, the website does not work. I am seriously wondering if this is criminal/class action. They advertised a chance to win with purchase and then made it impossible to win. Sounds illegal.

    • Try going to shopplaywin.com

  19. I am on food stamps so whenever i win money off prizes i use to buy non food items. The new way of forcing a person to use any $ prizes off your next purchase is bull. i won match 3 $10 and lost it because I had a rain check for meat which is very difficult for cashiers to handle so I went to customer service. Where even thought I had went to customer service before shopping to see if I could get a safeway gift card with the $10 prize which I could not and we talked about it. I forget to purchase my non food items very first seperately from any food before purchasing my rain check meat. So I lost my $10 on food which already cost me nothing. I am very dissatisfied with the radical changes. I feel it penalizes poor people in many ways.

    • I won gas and no contact info. To get it. Went to customer service desk at Albertsons and they had no idea how to get it. Bunch of BS.

      • I believe it is 10 cents off per gallon and you go to Exxon or Mobile and type in your phone number after selecting the supermarket rewards

      • Also if it is the Gas / Grocery Reward then you may also use it as 1 reward on the app for things such as a bakery item $2 off. I would think if you had multiple of this reward it would be 2, 3, etc. rewards to redeem for a grocery offer in the app. I got an email explaining all that the moment I won.

    • Contact corporate. They WILL sent at least half of it back to your just for you account! Better than nothing!

  20. I understand we’re in a pandemic and the company was trying to accommodate to that aspect when switching over to mobile devices but this game is not it. So much missing from this game that would be considered Monopoly. I do not like how I cannot collect the game pieces to match to my board. They should have made the board and game pieces digital as well. Also why didn’t they make the tickets digital? If decreasing the spread of germs was the main goal and reason for not bringing the baked back, the tickets should have been digital too. Anyways, I’m a little disappointed. I’m coasting on my friends and family’s tickets this year.

  21. Kathleen Lucas says:

    I do not know who thought this one up but he should be fired. I tried
    the game and it was a mistake. No correction are allowed

  22. The new game is horrible there is no way you can win anything!!!! The match and play is ridiculous. What a sucky change!

  23. New game sucks. Nothing is monopoly related. No pieces to collect. Most of what you win are 50 cent off coupons for products you normally would not buy. However, you can’t give them to the cashier and have them scanned. You have to scan them with phone and they are deposited into your “for U account.” Which is difficult to do in the checkout line with a long line angry frustrated people waiting behind you. The cashier and manager were of little help. Game pieces can take up 24 hours to show up in your account so they are useless. Prices are even cheaper at other stores even without the coupon so I will not be back.

  24. There are more coupons, less codes to scan, less tokens, less instant winners. The pick 3 is a dud & just makes you know that you lost. Isn’t even monopoly related. Very disappointed. Still playing but I feel like there’s way less winning. Oh yay though—I’ve won some nail clippers, 2 small bottles of water & a teeny sour cream. Not that fun.

    • I got the nail clippers, dental floss, a box of animal crackers, about 6 single serve bottles of water and pickles.

      Meanwhile my store didn’t have the clippers (“we haven’t been able to get those for months”) and doesn’t have any of the water. So woot?

  25. The game this year is not as fun. There are more coupons, less codes to scan, less tokens, less instant winners. The pick 3 is a dud & just makes you know that you lost. Isn’t even monopoly related. Very disappointed. Still playing but I feel like there’s way less winning. Oh yay though—I’ve won some nail clippers, 2 small bottles of water & a teeny sour cream.

  26. Bill McConnaughey says:

    I thought the change in the game process was pandemic related. At any rate, not sure when the App stopped working correctly, maybe after update to iOS 14.4.1. When the App displays, the “Play the Game” button and “Select Your Store” button are missing. Also, nothing happens when tapping on the links: FAQ, Rules, Winners, Privacy Policy, Terms/Conditions.

  27. Not sure why people are saying that if you win free tickets, they will automatically be added to your total next time you shop. How is that possible? I pick stuff off the shelf. I pay for it. I don’t enter my name or anything, so how would the store know I am supposed to get more tickets?

    Also, what does “match 3 of 9 hidden blocks” have to do with monopoly?? There is no “Park Place”, or “Baltic Avenue” etc. This dumb game has ZERO to do with monopoly, other than showing the cartoon Mr Monopoly guy.

    So after scanning in 20 tickets, I got zero winners, and the most I could have won is $1 or a can of soup or something.

    • To play the game you have to link a “just 4 U” account, to redeem any prizes you win (or get your tickets) you will have to use the info you used to register your just 4 u account, if you’re playing on your phone, I would presume, it’s using your phone number.

      Don’t feel bad, I’ve gotten over 200 tickets all told thus far and have mostly gotten 50 cent off coupons or single serve bottles of water. Oh, or shutterfly crud that costs more to ship than the item is worth!

      • My just4u account is linked and all my free stuff says transferred to just4u and yet none of it is actually in my just4u account. Maybe it takes a few months for both systems to talk because the service desk at jewel had no idea either.

  28. testing

  29. Couldn’t agree with you more, that is all except the 1 winner. Even the so called instant win coupons have to be loaded to the app or on line, they should honor them at checkout like they used to. The whole game is a sham!!!

  30. What a waste of time. I throw them in the garbage can. Where the rest of this game belongs. Hopefully the idiots that came up with joke are unemployed.

  31. I AM GLAD TO SEE EVERYONE HERE ARGREES WITH ME THIS NEW GAME FORMAT STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN. i TRIED IT ON MY HOME COMPUTER AND AFTER PUTTING IN THE FIRST CODE IT WON’T ALLOW ME TO DO ANYMORE. I THOGHT THAT MAYBE IF I DOWNLOADED THE AP TO MY CELL PHONE IT WOULD LET ME SCAN IT BUT NO.. I AM NOT EVEN GONNA PLAY THIS GAME ITS NOT WORTH IT TO GET FRUSTATED TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR
    OR NOT DOING CORRECTLY .

  32. Received message Congratulations you matched 3 properties, reward will be loaded on account in 24 hours. Haven’t seen anything on account??

  33. Take notice Albertsons. Not one positive message. This is BS! I do this one my home computer and the very first code I typed in froze it up and now can’t do shit. Even today came back after two days of staying off and the damn thing is still in the same place and still lockup. Fix it or get off the pot. Not worth the time and it’s going to piss everyone off if they aren’t already.

  34. Very disappointed. This sucks. If you don’t have a high tech phone you can’t play. I will shop there way less than before. I thought promos were supposed to encourage shoppers? This unfairly shuts out low income and low tech people. Very dissatisfied.

    • You can go online and enter the codes, it’s annoying but doable. Thing is, to even redeem the coupons you have to have not JUST the loyalty card, but a “just 4 U” account.

  35. Very unhappy! Scanner doesn’t work! Very time consuming. I will shop somewhere else! Probably Stater.

  36. The new format is terrible. In addition to the comments about being fully digital,
    1) They won’t give you tickets if you buy groceries online! Though it doesn’t say it anywhere, you have to buy stuff in store in get tickets. Terrible policy in a pandemic.
    2) To win you have to match 3 out of the 9 cards. Easy for them to fake & control this. I noticed in 2 out of 3 tickets that got the board, the same 3 cards were the match: 2,4,7 (phonepad style)
    3) Most of what you get in the tickets are junk coupons
    4) It’s just not fun. There’s no game anymore. You’re just scanning and hitting a few buttons. No strategy. No accumulation.
    PS- I know most of the staff at the stores really hate this game. They know no one really wins. The cashiers hate having to count & distribute the tickets. The shelvers hate changing all the tags out. Possibly they are sabotaging their game to phase it out.

  37. Sheila Kraemer says:

    You have just disenfranchised the majority of your senior citizen shoppers because many, if not most of them, don’t have smart phones or find the app too complicated to use! SHAME ON YOU, ALBERTSONS AND JEWEL-OSCO! Even for those who manage to try to use it, the app doesn’t work!! Downloading a QR code reader, which my phone didn’t have, just resulted in an overabundance of google ads, which I had up to now managed to avoid infiltrating my phone, and a card reader that does nothing but take a photo of the code. PLEASE GO BACK TO YOUR OLD WAY AND BE CONSIDERATE OF PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES!!

  38. My wife feels the same way. Shoot, I’m even disapointed. The old way would make you want to keep going back and buy more just to get tickets. Not to mention begging for extras and getting a free box here and there full. Now, we don’t really care but will still play. And ask for extras lol

    • I have to agree. Not fun or exciting to play. I still do it, but I don’t go out of my way to buy more of the items that get tickets. If it’s on my list great, if not oh well. Biggest question is what prizes are available aside the million? Why am I playing this?

  39. Disappointed shopper says:

    Absolutely pathetic, to change this up. It’s an awful attempt at weeding out the elderly and those who do not have a capable phone. They took the enjoyment out of the game, and the app keeps crashing, gee that’s a shock.

  40. As a loyal player of this game, I am really disapponited with the changes this year. I love the old way. I love collecting the tickets. It is more fun. I was expecting to the game this year. But the only thing I found now is disappointment. In the comments, I found that I’m not the only one disappointed. In the past, as long as you make a purchase, no matter how much, no matter what products, you can get one ticket. Now you have to make a purchase for at least $25 just to get one ticket.This reduces the opportunity to get a ticket. And if the buyer is an old person or disabled person who do not know how to use a smartphone, his or her right to play this game will be forfeited by the new rules. And sometimes the system doesn’t work. It makes people impossible to play this game. And as what is said in the article, we used to be able to exchange the tickets we need. Now we can do nothing to help each other. I really hate the new rules this year. Bring back the old game! If the company cannot afford to play this game, don’t toy with us.

  41. I was able to scan a few game pieces, but then the app got stuck on a game board and even deleting and reloading didn’t help it. No way to enter anything. I’m done. Played religiously the last few years and never won a thing other than a few instant winners. Now I can’t enter them and “Paper coupon cannot be redeemed in store.” This year is a bigger bust than usual!!! 🙁

  42. I am very disappointed in the way Acme destroyed the game of Monopoly. I liked it the way it was. There are a lot less prizes and it isn’t fun anymore. Thanks for destroying a game that I looked forward to playing every year. I will not make any extra trips to the Acme for extra monopoly tickets anymore. Not worth my time and energy.

  43. This game is a waste of time! I cannot find a way to manually enter my codes & I don’t have a smart phone. Just more paper for my recycling!

  44. Disappointed says:

    This is the worst Monopoly ever. The App doesn’t even scan. I would rather have my board and game piece. Fix the app Albertsons.
    No stars and 👎👎👎👎👎

  45. how do i inter my game tickets

  46. Who was the “intelligent”?.
    This game is BS now. Why these days EVERYTHING has to be trough the internet? I was an every year follower but now I don’t even want the coupons. They can keep it.

  47. Don’t like it. Not Playing. Even the “required” info to post this is too intrusive. So I made it up.

  48. Why did you bother even calling it Monopoly??? This new way sucks and have fun with it. Thanks for canceling the game board. Must be a democrate game now. Not interested in playing this stupid game anymore

    • LearnToSpell says:

      I don’t know why you think Democrats ruined this game! I’m a democrat and I hate it. Politics for once has nothing to do with it, but good to see republicans still blaming everyone else for their problems.

  49. okay not going to play way to difficult and work. I did fine yesterday entering codes.. Go back to the physical board.

  50. Jeanne Mills says:

    Do not like this way, I like the old way. I do not believe this should be on the phone. I think this is really sad. I have played from the beginning, but this is really bad.

  51. Dumbest game ever! So disappointed. I DO NOT want an app on my pone plugging it up and opening me up to more crap on line. I DO NOT like that the For U coupons are digital. I DO NOT do digital things on my phone! And it is discriminatory to not let us redeem the cents off coupons in the store!!! SO NOT HAPPY! I always looked forward to playing the game with the board. This IS NOT FUN!

  52. This is BS. A lot of work for little or no return. Not fun anymore. They’re trying to force customers to enroll into the Just For U program. Why? To sell your info to partners. I don’t need the spam. Not playng anymore.

  53. Very disappointed with the new format of monopoly. The board and the game tickets were fun and enjoyable. This method is not. Also eliminates people who do not have a smart phone.

  54. Dear acme, the format of this game is horrible. The board, the tickets and everything about it was fun and exciting. Very very disappointed.

  55. Why don’t they give you the tickets for your first purchase? Do I need to bring the receipt to the store next time I shop so I can receive the earned tickets from my first purchase? If they truly want to make this online, then the earned tickets should be automatically loaded to your monopoly account.

    • I agree – my receipt says i earned 5 tickets, but there are no instructions as to where to get those tickets. Nothing in the instructions tells you how to go about it. I did not receive them at the time of the purchase. This is all very confusing.

      • Shame on them. Cashier is to ask if you play, and give you the tickets at the time of purchase. Call the store. It’s of value to us all to keep life honest. Lest the cashier starts pocketing them

  56. Natalie Bears says:

    Do you get tickets at the store?
    If so why did the checker not give them to me?
    I am lost. I enter for some drawing on the app, but cannot figure out the rest.

  57. Terrible change to the game. How is this related to The game monopoly at all?

  58. The next time you shop they “should be” included with the other tickets from your current purchase.

  59. Wasted more than an hour trying to figure this out! A terrible change!!
    Count me out. Shame on you, Albertsons!

  60. I have no idea how to play this game. It is HORRIBLE

  61. This is horrible. The whole point of Monopoly is to fill the board with the pieces you get. No Monopoly board. It’s just scan to see if you won something or try and blindly match 3 cards for a prize.

    I was already disappointed when they told me there was no physical Monopoly board. But I was still excited to play with an online board. But the fact that there isn’t any board at all, just makes me not want to play anymore. Hopefully they fix this next year.

    Thumbs down for me.

    • I totally agree with you. I love the board. I love the old way. I love collecting the tickets. Hope they will bring the old way back.

  62. John Mercer says:

    Of all of the monopoly games this one is the worst! You have to blindly pick three matching prizes out of nine hidden blocks. Most of the time, when you hit submit, it shows the prizes that you lost.

    This game should not have the word monopoly associated with it, played once don’t care to try it again

  63. Does anyone know how to play the match 3 game

    • Hi Mary,
      You just click on 3 of the 9 squares in the center of the screen (they change color when you click on them), then click on submit and hope that the 3 you chose match. If they do you win a prize. I won a bottle of water tonight.

    • As mention choose 3 of 9 cards…seems unlikely to match but out of 32 entries I have won 5 items…then there is a second chance question mark ..pick one and it gives you a certain amount of tokens to help spend on sweepstakes items

      • The three squares you pick are immaterial. The prize is linked to the code itself. This is obvious from the number of wins (there are 84 unique combinations of squares) and vaguely revealed in the fine print of the rules.

  64. The same thing which occurred with Mary K. also happened to me. Scanned the code, waa taken straight to a Monopoly Board, unable to move past. If anyone has figured out a way to get past this part of the game please pass on.

    Thanks much

  65. My receipt says I earned 5 Monoploly tickets, but I don’t know where to get them?? Not sure how to even play and I read the “how to play” rules, but it doesn’t clue me in on how to get the codes, etc.

    • You should get the additional tickets when you make your next purchase at Albertson, Safeway, etc.

      • The same thing happened to me. Cashier and bagger said everything is online. From some of these comments it seems I should have received some sort of paper tickets. Why do I have to wait for my next shopping purchase to get the 3 blue tickets I earned on March 10?

  66. I hate it… Half the fun of the game was to find the matching properties. This is just click and guess…..And you might win a few tokens. As soon as I get enough tokens I am so done. Hopefully after things with Covid get better we can go back to the old format.
    The plus is the codes are much easier to put in by hand. I don’t have a phone like that so everything is put in by hand. I know… I am old school.

    • Not sure why people are saying that if you win free tickets, they will automatically be added to your total next time you shop. How is that possible? I pick stuff off the shelf. I pay for it. I don’t enter my name or anything, so how would the store know I am supposed to get more tickets?

      Also, what does “match 3 of 9 hidden blocks” have to do with monopoly?? There is no “Park Place”, or “Baltic Avenue” etc. This dumb game has ZERO to do with monopoly, other than showing the cartoon Mr Monopoly guy.

      So after scanning in 20 tickets, I got zero winners, and the most I could have won is $1 or a can of soup or something.

  67. I entered a code and got a screen of a monopoly board loaded with products. Directions are to match 3-tried to click on and nothing happens.

  68. I am trying to get my albertson’s 2021 Monopoly tickets checked without kading another app on my phone. This is for Jewel-Osco.

  69. Can’t wait to play!

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