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Thirteen Potential Winners So Far in McDonald's® $10 Million Instant Giveaway

Two $1 million and Eleven $100,000 Potential Winners Identified

Aug 31, 2001

As of noon (CST) Friday, August 31, 2001, McDonald's has given thirteen customers an exciting reason to smile. The lucky customers were in the right McDonald's ... at the right place ... at the right time to become potential winners in "McDonald's 2001 Instant Giveaway."

"As you know, this Giveaway is unique, fun and very simple for our customers," said Mike Roberts, President, McDonald's USA. "There is nothing to buy; nothing to collect. There are no game pieces. It's just a matter of customers being at the right place at the right time for the Instant Giveaway Prize Team to 'tap them on the shoulder' either in the restaurant or Drive- thru, and let them know that they are winners. It's that easy."

So far today, a McDonald's customer in Tompkinsville, Kentucky was greeted as a potential $1 million winner. Additionally, a customer from Lake Ozark, Missouri has been identified as a potential $100,000 winner.

Each day of McDonald's five-day giveaway, there will be eleven cash prizes awarded. In all, 55 winners will share five $1 million prizes and fifty $100,000 prizes for a total of $10 million.

Thursday's potential $1 million winner was in a McDonald's restaurant in Santa Ana, California. Ten other McDonald's customers were potential winners of the $100,000 prizes. These potential winners, subject to final verification, come from across the nation as well as Canada including:

   Raleigh, North Carolina
   Tipp City, Ohio
   Wheeling, Illinois
   Chiefland, Florida
   Orange Park, Florida
   Carson, California
   Humble, Texas
   Covington, Virginia
   Phoenix, Arizona
   Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Confirmed winners who have met eligibility requirements will be announced soon. A list of locations where preliminary winners have been identified is available on during the Instant Giveaway so everyone can share in the excitement of identifying the potential winners.

The McDonald's 2001 Instant Giveaway is being conducted after McDonald's learned that an employee of an outside vendor had allegedly compromised some of the McDonald's promotional games.

Full details and complete rules, including odds and time restrictions, for the McDonald's 2001 Instant Giveaway are available at participating McDonald's restaurants and on McDonald's web site, .

McDonald's is the world's leading foodservice retailer with more than 29,000 restaurants serving 45 million customers each day in 121 countries. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women.



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SOURCE: McDonald's Corporation

Contact: Lori Miller of McDonald's, +1-630-623-3913