Apparently the rules of the McDonald’s Monopoly game favor simply finding one of the 5 rare pieces, if you find one of the rare pieces you are pretty much guaranteed to win a prize for the set if you just invest in a few medium drinks or hash browns to catch the common pieces missing.
So the whole pooling aspect isn’t really an issue, I thought they would release different pieces geographically and more randomly, but apparently there is some other system in play.
McDonalds prohibits pooling or trading pieces with other players to try and collaborate to win the game together anyway, so you are better off just trying your luck randomly.
Meanwhile, from reading online the last big prize winner happened to pull both pieces Park Place and Boardwalk off of the same drink cup at the same time.
I don’t really follow the game, though occasionally get the free drink, fries or big mac that come as an instant prize. I also usually play the tokens again in the online game to win a 2nd instant win prize occasionally.
It isn’t like I go out of my way to buy 20 hash browns to get 40 play tickets, or anything like some of the devoted monopoly fans. The odds of winning the AZ State Lottery are higher than winning the McDonald’s monopoly game it would seem.