I was invited to attend the recent “All Prizes Must Go McDonald’s Monopoly Grand Chance Card Draw” at Clarke Quay. I was quite surprised to find out that the McDonalds’ Monopoly contest had been going on for 6 weeks and I had no idea! I must have had McDonald’s at least once or twice in the last 6 months but I guess my eyes managed to skim past all the ads in search for the shortest queue to the counter!
Before the actual draw itself, there were several additional games going on. People trying their luck at throwing these enormous dice on the human-sized game board at the McDonald’s Monopoly Chance Card Draw.
What is this Grand “Chance Card” Draw you might ask? Well this is the 1st year that McDonald’s has introduced a special “Chance Card” into the contest. Receiving a “Chance Card” label gives the holder an instant prize of $100 in cash plus an entry into the Grand Chance Card draw to stand a chance to win any of the unclaimed “Collect to Win” big prizes. The more unclaimed prizes there were, the better the “Chance Card” winners!
The Grand Draw was particularly eventful because big ticket items like the $64,200 Volkswagen Touran 1.5 TSI (COE not included) had not been previously won and claimed!
Check out the pictures below. I’ve only included the winners of the big ticket items, in order of $$$$.
Winner of the $80,000 Grand Prize, Mr Sankararama Subramanian, receives his prize from Managing Director of McDonald’s Singapore, Ms Judy Harman and Head of Business Development of VISA Singapore, Mr David Fowler, at the McDonald’s Monopoly Chance Card Draw. And guess what, Mr Sank said that he would donate the entire proceeds to poor children in India! Can you believe the size of the heart of this man? He’d already won this prize on his own, ie not via the Chance Card Draw, so all he had to do that evening was to pose pretty. I’d be smiling from ear to ear man. I could do a lot with $80 grand!
Ms Tan Wen Xin, proud winner of the Volkswagen Touran 1.4 TSI at the McDonald’s Monopoly Chance Card Draw, attempts to open her car door in a BIG way. This was the last prize to be drawn for the day. The anticipation was immense you could almost light a bulb, it was that electrifying!
Mdm Ng Siew Lian, here with her son, is the happy winner of the holiday for 4 to Atlanta at the McDonald’s Monopoly Chance Card Draw. They’ll be going on a Coca-Cola tour as Atlanta is the headquarters for Coca-Cola.
Atlanta has a special place in my heart as I previously stayed there for half a year while on a student exchange programme. I’ve been to the Coca-Cola museum and the best part of the museum tour was to be able to sample the various cokes from around the world. Yes! The recipes vary slightly to cater to the local taste buds! Oh another great thing, this vending machine that dispenses miniature glass coke bottles, costing only US$0.50 each! I totally regret not buying more than 2 bottles!
Mr Koh Yu Gee receives his prize of a holiday for 2 to Prague at the McDonald’s Monopoly Chance Card Draw from the Managing Director of McDonald’s Singapore, Ms Judy Harman and General Manager of Dynasty Travel, Ms Juliana Gan. Check out the smile on Mr Koh’s face! He’s trying hard not to grin so widely and he’s totally failing! Bet he won’t be able to sleep for days!
The Monopoly Man brings cheer to both young and old in the crowd that gathered for the McDonald’s Monopoly Chance Card Draw. Be careful not to stand too close to him as his head seems to constantly be on the verge of falling off!
The spirited and often cheeky emcee for the McDonald’s Monopoly Chance Card Draw, radio Deejay Daniel Ong, got the crowd engaged throughout the event. It was amazing how he managed to hold the crowd’s attention even through unscripted situations such as the glitch which resulted in Mr Monopoly Man being 4 minutes late in his appearance.
Are you still reading??? Still wanna find out what the dramatic finale was?
Well it was dramatic for the audience alright, but it was probably hell for a certain lady. When the winner of the Volkswagen with card number 0035 was called out, this lady came on stage and the applause was deafening. Everyone was happy for her and the look on her face was that of pure elation. It was as if all her troubles had finally come to an end. At one point I thought she was going to start crying, from the sheer knowledge that the impossible had just happened!
She was on stage for at least what felt like 3 minutes, with Daniel Ong and all the big shots congratulating her like mad. I myself rushed forward and managed to capture more than 10 photos of her.
And then a most horrible thing happened to her. There was some sort of a commotion suddenly. I’d thought that perhaps Daniel Ong had read out the wrong number. That would have been really horrible. Would they have compensated her for bringing her to the moon and then dashing her hopes so publicly due to a mistake?
Oh my god, in the end it was her own mistake. She’d heard 0034, when in actual fact, it was 0035 that had been called out. The number was flashed on the screen but obviously her back was to it by the time it came up. And the holder of 0035 had in the mean time come up to present herself as the rightful winner. What took her so long to do so, I’ll never know. What I know is that as compared to everyone else who won nothing, 0034 would be lamenting about what could have been for a very long time to come.