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`MONOPOLY' Gives Away The Bank

<I>MONOPOLY</I> is giving away the bank by turning its play money -- worth $20,580 -- into real cash for one lucky winner.

MONOPOLY is giving away the bank by turning its play money -- worth $20,580 -- into real cash for one lucky winner.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:00 GMT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – In honor of its 75th anniversary, MONOPOLY is giving away the bank – literally.

Beginning today (Jul. 15) through September 3, the beloved board game is asking fans to imagine what they’d do if the play money in their MONOPOLY game – which equals $20,580 – were turned into real cash.

The MONOPOLY “Money Makes It Real” contest is asking for descriptions on monopoly.com in 75 words or less of how people would spend the bank in real life, whether it’s on traveling, home repairs, or any other activity reflecting the spirit of the game.

Submissions will be voted on and narrowed down to 75 finalists who’ll be considered for the grand prize come September 27.

And there should be no shortage of big spenders.

According to a survey by Hasbro, 60 percent of U.S. MONOPOLY players admit they’ve imagined the play money as real dough before.

If the $20,580 were theirs, 70 percent would use it to pay off debt and 54 percent would buy something nice for their family.

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