Monopoly set being released with real money

Story highlights

  • French version of Monopoly has some sets with actual euros
  • Game is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year

(CNN)Don't call it "Monopoly money."

Not in France, anyway.
As part of the 80th anniversary of Monopoly's first appearance in France, Hasbro is issuing a handful of special sets in that country with real euros in place of the colorful paper it usually offers.
    Of the 80 special sets, 69 will have five 10-euro notes and five 20-euro notes, another 10 will come with five 20-euro, two 50-euro and one 100-euro bills, and one set will have a complete bank drawer of real cash.
    That's 20,580 euros -- or about $23,650 at current exchange rates -- for whomever buys the lucky box.
    CNN asked Hasbro whether a similar plan was in the works for the United States -- where the game is also celebrating its 80th anniversary, at least under a corporate parent -- but has yet to hear back.
    Nevertheless, it's a game that's compiled a lot of big numbers (and quite a bit of cash) on its own. Consider these impressive facts courtesy of Hasbro:
    - More than 275 million sets have been sold worldwide.
    - Monopoly is available in 111 countries in 43 languages. (Many of those sets substitute local landmarks for the familiar Atlantic City street names.)
    - San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mobell is responsible for the most expensive Monopoly set, a $2 million game with a golden board and diamond-studded dice.
    - The longest game on record lasted for 70 days. That was on terra firma; Monopoly has also been played underwater and in a treehouse.
    - There are 32 houses and 12 hotels in a standard Monopoly set.
    - A Monopoly board has 40 spaces, including 28 properties. Yes, that includes the railroads.
    - The lowest rent in Monopoly? Mediterranean Avenue with no houses (assuming its owner doesn't also own Baltic Avenue). It'll cost you $2 to land on it. The most expensive? Boardwalk with a hotel, worth a cool $2,000.
    - In 2008, more than 3,000 people played the game at the same time, a record.
    And not one of them overturned the board in disgust.