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McMillions

Post by Flack » Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:56 pm

Not sure if anyone else is watching this HBO mini-series... episodes air on Mondays, and today was episode 3 of 6.

From Wikipedia: "McMillions examines the $24 million worth of fraud that corrupted the McDonald’s Monopoly game between 1989 and 2001, in which there were almost no legitimate million dollar winners in the contest."

I had no idea.

It's one of the most exciting and gripping documentaries I've watched in a long, long time!
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Re: McMillions

Post by Casual Observer » Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:55 pm

I remember not winning anything. I think Safeway's game has the same problem.

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Re: McMillions

Post by pinback » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:49 am

We are watching this, and we (Kathy and I) had the same reaction! "Who knew any of this was going on?!"

I mean, the Monopoly game was just always there, and who ever thought more than two seconds about it? Now to find out years later it was all rigged? Why didn't any of us already know about that? Why wasn't this huge news?

Part of me really wants the entire documentary to be, itself, a scam -- much of the first couple episodes is about the FBI setting up a fake production company to shoot fake interviews to incriminate suspects. What if the documentary itself was a fake!! The main FBI guy they interview is such a goofball, and so much fun to watch, that if it turns out he was an actor, I wouldn't be surprised!

But no, it's certainly real, and I can't believe this is the first we're hearing about it.
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Re: McMillions

Post by Flack » Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:19 am

pinback wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:49 am
Why didn't any of us already know about that? Why wasn't this huge news?
We're halfway through the series so I don't want to spoil it for you, but here's a pretty big hint.
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Re: McMillions

Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:36 am

All right, you have all convinced me to get it. I had heard that scams were present but not that the whole goddamn thing is a scam.
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Re: McMillions

Post by Billy Mays » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:42 am

Ice Cream Jonsey wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:36 am
I had heard that scams were present but not that the whole goddamn thing is a scam.
Well, not the whole thing. I knew a guy who won some french fries playing that game.

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Re: McMillions

Post by Jizaboz » Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:36 am

I remember reading about it when it was first exposed as a scam! I still want to watch this though because all I recall is was that the big money is never given to a random McDonalds customer playing the game. Instead, it was basically "given to themselves".

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