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Pass ‘Go’ in Monopoly, collect more than $20,000

Eighty lucky Monopoly players in France will find themselves pulling in the dough — and not in the play money variety.

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Monopoly’s introduction in France, manufacturer Hasbro will include real money in 80 of its 30,000 anniversary sets being released in the country. While many of the sets will only see a few of the play bills replaced by real notes, one set out there will see every piece of fake money replaced by real cash, rewarding the lucky buyer with a cash-in of 20,580 euros, or $23,268.

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

The manufacturer said sets containing the real money do not differ in weight from the standard packaging, though they did tease that placing euros in the chosen sets expanded the boxes slightly more than normal.

Monopoly is sold in 114 countries and available in 47 languages, with France alone selling around 500,000 copies of the board game every year.

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