Monopoly Games Randomly Filled With Real Cash Being Sold In France

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Monopoly, the beloved money-managing game/destroyer of dreams ("Go to Jail"? AGAIN?), celebrates its 80th anniversary this year — so Hasbro is releasing 80 games in France with actual euros inside, including one set that swaps the entire funny-money bank for the real stuff.


Chances are pretty slim that you (or your Boardwalk-buying, Parisian-dwelling bestie) will snag that one charmed box (total value: $23,650), but the other sets offer pretty decent hauls, too; according to CNN: "Of the 80 special sets, 69 will have five 10-euro notes and five 20-euro notes, [and] another 10 will come with five 20-euro, two 50-euro and one 100-euro bills," plus the one full set mentioned above.

NPR has more on the story:

"We wanted to do something unique," Hasbro France brand manager Florence Gaillard tells Agence France-Presse. "When we asked our French customers, they told us they wanted to find real money in their Monopoly boxes."

Gaillard adds that the money was put into the boxes during a secret operation — but Hasbro says that people hunting for the real money could look for two possible hints: the real cash gives the Monopoly boxes a different weight, and it also makes the box bulge a bit.

Although it's pretty much a guarantee that American customers would also have asked for, you know, real money, special 80th anniversary editions stateside will instead contain vintage-inspired game tokens like "a lantern (1930s), cannon (1950s), and a bathtub (1940s)," according to the NPR story, plus a retro-styled game board.

Hasbro's website is chockablock with fun facts about the game, including this tidbit: "Escape maps, compasses and files were inserted into Monopoly game boards smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during World War II. Real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of Monopoly money."

On the other end of the spectrum: "In 1978, the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog offered a chocolate version of the game priced at $600."

Happy hunting!

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The funny thing is that Monopoly was originally designed to be a boring, unfair game to teach children about how monopolies are evil. Somehow it turned into a classic. This probably tells you a great deal about American culture.