Alastair Pildrow, a postal worker from the UK, wrote a 75-word poem about the classic board game Monopoly. He won £20,000.
The poem was submitted to a competition held by Monopoly manufacturer Hasbro in celebration of the game’s 75th anniversary. Hundreds of entries were considered from around the world, and after narrowing things down to a shortlist of 75 entries, Pildrow’s poem was picked as the best.
Pildrow intends to invest most of his winnings, but is also considering putting some of it towards a new house in his home of Haslemere, UK. The 42-year-old works for the Royal Mail, and has long been a fan of Monopoly.
Writing poetry is not the only way to hit the jackpot playing Monopoly. Fast food chain McDonald’s gives out millions in cash and prizes each year through its Monopoly-themed stamp collecting game.
Casino game software producer WagerWorks has also licensed the Monopoly brand from Hasbro, and used it to create an online slot game called MegaJackpots Monopoly. It is a progressive jackpot slot, which means that its jackpot increases with every wager placed until it is won. It is currently the largest progressive jackpot prize available at any online casino, ringing in at an impressive $2.8 million.
The game of Monopoly has always been about all money, but somehow it’s just a little more exciting when there is real cash involved!