500 euro banknotes are seen on a Monopoly board game as employees prepare envelopes with cash for the game's 80th anniversary in Saint-Avold, eastern France, on Jan. 13, 2015.
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By Maya Rhodan
February 3, 2015

A lucky few French Monopoly owners will get the surprise every fan of the classic board game has wished for: a chance to play with real money.

In celebration of the game’s 80th anniversary in France, 80 sets of the French anniversary edition will secretly include some real money, AFP reports.

Hasbro France wanted to do something “unique” for the 80th anniversary, their brand manager told AFP. “When we asked our French customers, they told us they wanted to find real money in their Monopoly boxes,” said Florence Gaillard.

A handful of 10 and 20-euro notes will be included in 69 anniversary sets and 10 sets will include five 20-euro notes, two 50-euros, and one 100-euro note. One lucky owner will get a game with no fake money at all, and instead a total of 20,580 euros or $23,268.

The only potential downside: the already cut-throat competition that Monopoly creates can only get more intense with the introduction of real money.

[AFP]

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