A Supersized Conspiracy: How One Man Rigged The McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Won $24 Million

He Started a New Career As a Security Auditor

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Jacobson forged a new career path for himself as a security auditor for an accounting firm. He was assigned to a client called Simon Marketing and oversaw their $500 million McDonald’s account. Jacobson was so dedicated to his job that Simon Marketing took notice and recruited him to join their team.

In his new position with Simon Marketing, Jacobson was entrusted to create a theft-proof system for the fast-food chain’s Monopoly game. But his new position also gave him an inside look at how the game was produced. Now he could watch as the printing presses cranked out half a billion game pieces. He could also watch as the supercomputer selected the winning prizes.