Interesting analysis on the chances of winning the grand prize from McDonald’s Monopoly game:

Want to win the first-ever $5 million grand prize in the heavily promoted McDonald’s Monopoly contest? Good luck. You’re almost 300 times more likely to win the top prize in the multi-state Powerball lottery, according to published odds. To collect the grand prize this year, a customer must gather four game pieces corresponding to the four railroads on the Monopoly game board. The agate-like official rules say the odds of this happening are “approximately 1 in 41,497,391,309.” When I asked McDonald’s spokeswoman Shannelle Armstrong about those formidable odds, she said, “It is very consistent to what you would find in the industry