Monopoly places real money in French sets of board game with euro notes worth €20,000

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Do not pass Go, do not collect £200 - take €20,000 instead.

The makers of classic board game Monopoly are giving wannabe property tycoons a treat.

In celebration of the game’s 80th birthday in France, the paper money found in the set is being replaced with real euros to the tune of €20,580 (£15,526).

Hasbro, the maker of the game that’s been the cause of many a family feud, has placed real money in 80 sets of the board game in the country.

One lucky buyer will scoop the total jackpot- the equivalent of all the money in the game- while another 79 will win between €10 and €100 notes slipped into boxes to replace the more-familiar Monopoly money.

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

The 80 special sets will be in classic Monopoly sets as well as junior, electronic and vintage sets of the board game from Monday.

More than 500,000 games of Monopoly are sold every year in France and more than 275m have been sold around the world to date.

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