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McMillionsBy James Lee Hernandez, Brian Lazarte

In a Nutshell

This six-episode docuseries details a step-by-step account of the FBI’s investigation and exposure of the infamous McDonald’s Monopoly game scam.

Favorite quote

Nowhere in the game rules does it say, 'I can get a game piece from Uncle Jerry.'

Mark Devereaux, Assistant U.S. District Attorney


The McDonald’s Monopoly game was a 1990s cultural touchstone, as ubiquitous as Harry Potter, Beanie Babies, and the Macarena. Casual fast-food visitors became fanatics as they collected tiny Monopoly replica game-pieces in search of the $1 million grand prize. But little participants know that between 1989 and 2001, there were absolutely zero legitimate winners of any high-value prizes. Every winner was chosen not by chance but by a variety of co-conspirators seeking to get themselves rich.

This explosive fraud wasn’t uncovered until one bored FBI agent walked by a co-worker's desk and spotted a sticky note that read: "McDonald’s Monopoly Fraud?" From there, a decade-long conspiracy was unraveled through wire-taps, undercover agents, and a new round of FBI-sanctioned McDonald’s Monopoly. Conducting face-face interviews with nearly every individual involved in the case, filmmakers James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte provide a thorough account of this conspiracy, and how the FBI was able to track down and hold the guilty parties accountable.

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