Salt Lake City, UT asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Business Law and Federal Crimes for Utah

Q: This may be stupid but i have to know, Can I sue McDonald's and Other Companies Involved in Monopoly?

I am finding out for the 1st time EVER that the monopoly games were fixed and I am devastated! As a young woman,teenager, &single mom, i spent every bit of my weekly allowance, money earned from babysitting, mowing yards, odd jobs,and money from my 1st waitressing job on the monopoly game. EVERY time McDonald's had the game it started.I only ate McDonald's, i bought and traded tickets with friends and family, i worked extra jobs to make a few extra dollars to get as many chances as possible. I truly believed with my entire existence that McDonald's and their monopoly was going to be the thing that changed my family's life and also mine. I had a feeling that literally became an obsession. It was a true problem for me, to the point that my parents grounded me, canceled my allowance. I was spending all my money on the monopoly. I skipped school, i would go through trash cans, dumpsters, and any cups or trash left behind at McDonald's finding game pieces. It was a serious obsession

1 Lawyer Answer
Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor
  • Saint George, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: When you say that the monopoly game was fixed, I am not sure understand. Did they misrepresent anything? Did you read their fine print of the rules and find out that they were lying? If so they could be liable. If you thought your chances of winning were better than what McDonalds represented them to be, that is one you. The fact is, is that whenever you purchased something from McDonalds you recieved something in return (food). Those are all legitimate transactions. The Monopoly stuff was based on chance and unless they misrepresented your chances I don't think you have a case. Not to mention it might be passed your time limit to assert a claim as the statute of limitations is typically 3-6 years.

In addition, even if you could prove that they misrepresented your chances, it would be hard to prove damages. You would have to show that if the chances were as they were misrepresented that you would have won, but that is still based on speculation unless your chances were 1 in 100 and you tried 10,000 times. I hope this helps you get closure.

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