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Monopoly Set Secretly Includes Real Money

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To celebrate their 80th anniversary of the iconic board game toy maker Hasbro is stashing real money inside Monopoly game boxes. At least 80 lucky buyers will discover the real money inside their game but only 1 will collect the major jackpot, in which every game note is replaced by real money for a total windfall of 20,580 euros ($23,268).

“We wanted to do something unique,” said Florence Gaillard, brand manager at Hasbro France.

"When we asked our French customers, they told us they wanted to find real money in their Monopoly boxes,” she added.

The undercover switch of notes was carried out in the secluded small eastern town of Creutzwald, where the games are packed up before being shipped throughout France.

“Appropriately for a game where players try to cruelly bankrupt their opponents, Monopoly even roped in a bailiff to count and re-count the real notes. When they asked me, I was giddy as a child,” said the bailiff in question, Patrice Wimmer, an aficionado of the game.

There was however one problem discovered as the games were being packaged: although there was no noticeable difference in weight the sets with the real notes expanded the box, making the packaging out of kilter.

The 80 sets are hidden within 30,000 boxes of different types of game - classic, junior, electronic and “vintage”.

Monopoly was originally adapted from a folk game called The Landlord's Game made by Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips in 1903. It was produced by Parker Brothers in the the 1930s, and went through a few evolutions before looking the very popular title we all know now. It is now available in 111 countries around the world in 43 languages. The longest game in history lasted 70 straight days, according to the Hasbro website.

The hunt is on, remember to look out for the boxes that have a slight bulge! Good luck!

Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

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