Four diners mistakenly win 100,000 euro jackpots on a McDonald’s Monopoly game within hours after a software error in Germany meant extra prizes were made available
- A McDonald’s Monopoly app paid out double after a mistake by the IT workers
- The game was supposed to pay out up to £85,000 to just two players
- But within hours of the app going live it had been claimed by four people
- Mistake was traced to the app’s testing stage by developers, local media said
Four diners have mistakenly won 100,000 euro jackpots on a McDonald’s Monopoly game after a software error in Germany made extra prizes available.
McDonald’s Deutschland was running a promotional app through which two customers could take home up to 100,000 euro (£85,000), but within just a few hours four people had won the jackpot.
The mistake happened after the testers of the app left the program open for too long, local media reported.
This meant that more prizes were available than planned in a shorter period of time, just after the app went online.
McDonald’s Deutschland was running a promotion in which two customers could take home up to 100,000 euro (£85,000), but within just a few hours four people had won it (pictured: file photo of a McDonald’s branch)
McDonald’s Deutschland shared a lighthearted tweet of P. Diddy throwing money around with the caption: ‘Monopoly starts: Meanwhile in the McDonald’s IT’
McDonald’s discovered the mistake after a couple of hours but by this point it was too late and they were 200,000 (£170,000) out of pocket.
McDonald’s decided they would continue with the game though and added another two jackpots so the competition could continue.
The company claimed they will write the money off as training cash and said the prizes would be paid out.
McDonald’s responded to a to a story by German daily Bild on Twitter, saying: ‘We just meant well for you all’
A McDonald’s spokesman said: ‘The colleagues working on this both in house and our service partners were devastated by the mistake and had a few sleepless nights as a result.’
On Twitter, McDonald’s Germany reacted with good humour and posted: ‘We just meant well for you all.’
In another tweet they shared a picture of P. Diddy throwing money around with the caption: ‘Monopoly starts: Meanwhile in the McDonald’s IT.’