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Eat free at McDonald's for life with the McGold Card

Eat free at McDonald's for life with the McGold Card

After that period, one victor will be chosen at random to receive this McGold Card which will be presented in the form of "up to two meals per week for 50 years, awarded as a $1,000 credit on winner's McDonald's App and $35,400 cash, plus $15,600 to offset taxes on the prize, awarded as a check for $51,000".

How do you want to spend the next 50 years of your life? In addition, the victor "will receive a custom gold-0plated "McGold Card" phone case". The card is actually a gold plated phone case that will be awarded to the competition's victor. Even from conservative estimates, if 250,000 people download and use the app, it would only cost McDonald's about 21 cents in digital marketing costs and pales in comparison to the boosted amount of revenue generated from app orders.

McDonald's isn't the first to run a lifetime free food promotion. According to Today, examples of noteworthy honorees include actor Rob Lowe, whose card is good for locations in Santa Barbara and Goleta, California, and Bill Gates who has been rumored to have a globally-accepted McGold Card (as if he needed one). Mobile Order & Pay is available at almost 14,000 USA locations.

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Place an order with the app.

But the card won't look like any ordinary credit or debit card. Check in at participating restaurants and choose to pick up your order inside the restaurant, on the drive-thru or at designated curbside spots. The rules state to, "put only the date you are sending the email in numeric format (mm/dd/yy) in the subject line and your first/last name in the body of the email". While it's not only celebrities who have these magic cards (Charles Ramsey, who helped rescue three kidnapped women in 2013, was given one as well), you do have to be pretty special to get one. McDonald's officially confirmed that the card exists and only a handful of people have ever gotten their hands on one.

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